There are plenty of misconceptions surrounding a bachelor’s degree in psychology. The reality is that a psychology degree can open the doors to a lot of opportunities beyond a corner office with a clipboard and a couch. The fact is, like all degrees, there’s an incredible number of opportunities available to you once you get it. A bachelor’s degree in psychology isn’t locking you into one thing, it’s opening a dozen different doors!
Whether you’ve just recently decided to pursue this degree, here are a few key things you need to know about what might be waiting for you when you earn your bachelor’s degree in psychology.
What is a bachelor’s degree in psychology?
Students in a bachelor's in psychology program develop skills like scientific reasoning, critical thinking, collaboration, and effective communication to better prepare them for careers where they will work with others on interpersonal development. Lessons will focus on themes like scientific reasoning, human development, cognitive functioning, motivational theories, relationships, beginning counseling strategies, addictions, and methods to improve their research capabilities and capacity. Courses within a psychology program that could be a specified focus of students range from Health Psychology, Social Psychology, Cognitive Psychology and Forensic Psychology.
Rather than prepare you for a single specialized career path, earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology qualifies you for entry into a wide variety of rewarding jobs and potential career pathways.
What is Herzing’s Bachelor of Science in Psychology program like?
Herzing University’s Bachelor of Science in Psychology curriculum is designed based on the Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major as stipulated by the American Psychological Association (APA).
Our curriculum covers the major theoretical frameworks, with additional emphasis on mental health for diverse populations and preparing students to work in settings that improve the health and wellness of individuals and their surrounding communities. As a student in Herzing’s Bachelor of Science in Psychology program, you will receive access to:
- Online classes.
- Career-focused curriculum.
- Virtual services including academic advising, tutoring, support services, technical support and library services
- Comprehensive student services and career development
“Students in the psychology program will learn a wide variety of skills that will help them thrive in all work settings including understanding human behavior, motivation, learning and cognition, research, communication skills and relationships,” said Dr. Elizabeth Wilson, Ph.D., MSW, LCSW, Program Chair of Social Work for Herzing University. “Our unique focus on behavioral health opens the doors for numerous entry-level careers in the helping professions as well as several graduate paths at Herzing that will allow students to make even more of an impact on people’s lives.”
What are some career opportunities this degree can provide?
Now is an excellent time to consider earning an education if you’re considering working in the areas of substance abuse, behavioral disorders, and mental health.
According to a study from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), almost 1 in 5 U.S. adults live with a mental illness and there is a great need for mental health professionals to provide support for those suffering from anxiety, alcoholism, addictions, depression, and additional mental health issues.
Other careers available around clinical, counseling, school or developmental services include:
- Career/Employment Counselor
- Community and Social Service Specialist
- Human Resource Advisor
- Market Research Analyst
- Personnel Recruiter
- Psychiatric Technician
- Public Relations Representative
- Research Assistant
- Victims’ Advocate
These aren’t the only careers open to you. While there are plenty of opportunities to work directly with clients, there are also a variety of other jobs available.
According to a study from the American Psychological Association (APA), other common primary jobs for individuals with a bachelor’s degree in psychology include:
- Employee relations
- Professional services
The future is wide open for you with this degree — it can set you up for success with a foundation of learning and skills you can’t find anywhere else!
The other major benefit of this degree is its role as a part of a longer pathway toward other degrees that can help elevate your future career or accelerate you toward new opportunities. Some post-graduate programs at Herzing University you could consider include:
- Master of Social Work (MSW) a clinically focused master’s degree to learn advanced assessment, intervention and evaluation strategies in the areas of mental health, medical social work, and children, families, and aging services.
- Master of Business Administration (MBA)
- Master of Science in Healthcare Administration (MHA)
- Master of Science in Nursing – Direct Entry (MSN-DE)
You can begin your journey toward the career path that’s right for you by enrolling in Herzing’s Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology program today. For more information or to connect with a career counselor, visit Herzing’s online Admissions Department.
* Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2021. BLS estimates do not represent entry-level wages and/or salaries. Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography market in which you want to work and degree field, will affect career outcomes and earnings. Herzing neither represents that its graduates will earn the average salaries calculated by BLS for a particular job nor guarantees that graduation from its program will result in a job, promotion, salary increase or other career growth.