Psychology - What to Do with this Major

Job Titles

Activities Coordinator Counseling Coordinator Rehabilitation Counselor
Assistant Residential Coordinator Counselor Relief Worker
Behavioral Psychologist Crisis Worker Research Psychologist
Career Services Counselor Day Treatment Clinician Resident Services Provider
Case Coordinator Developmental Psychologist Residential Clinical Director
Case Manager Experimental Psychologist Residential Counselor
Case Worker Family Counselor Residential Specialist
Child-Care Worker House Manager Residential Worker
Clinical Coordinator House Parent School Psychologist
Clinical Director Human Resources Worker Social Psychologist
Clinical Manager Industrial-organizational Psychologist Social Worker
Clinical Psychologist Intensive Case Manager Special School Counselor
Clinical Supervisor Mental Health Clinician Substance Abuse Counselor
Clinician Mental Health Counselor Support Worker
Cognitive Psychologist Parent counselor/Educator Therapist
College Student-Affairs Professional Prevention Counselor Women's counselor
Community and Social Service Worker Psychiatric Residence Staffer Youth Corrections Officer
Community Services Specialist Psychologist Youth-Service Worker
Community Support Clinician Rehabilitation Aide Youth Specialist


Personal Characteristics to be Successful

Altruistic Ethical Realistic
Articulate Flexible Resilient
Calm Good listener Respectful
Compassionate Humorous Responsible
Decision-maker Idealistic Responsive
Dedicated Independent Self-Reflective
Discrete Innovative Sensitive
Eclectic Mature Stable
Emotionally Objective Thoughtful
Disciplined Productive Understanding


Workplace Skills

Analyze data to identify symptoms and diagnose the nature of client's problems
Assess and evaluate problems through the use of case history, interview, and observation
Build innovative and science-based approaches to problems
Combine, evaluate and analyze information and data to make decisions and solve problems
Communicate with individuals to obtain information and generate treatment plans
Conduct research to develop or improve diagnostic or therapeutic counseling techniques
Develop therapeutic and treatment plans based on individual interests, abilities or needs
Establish rapport
Evaluate results of counseling methods to determine the reliability and validity of treatments
Gather information through controlled lab experiments
Formulate hypotheses and collect data to test their validity
Help others manage their own behavior
Interact with others to build harmonious work and living environments
Investigate the physical, cognitive, emotional, or social aspects of human behavior
Manage people with skills and compassion
Provide group or individual counseling services
Provide mental health care
Study human mind and behavior




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