Career Guide for Psychology and Biopsychology

The psychology major at Wagner College prepares students well for a variety of career options both inside and outside the field of psychology.

The study of psychology includes a great number of skills that make for a well-rounded graduate and which are highly valued by employers.

APA: Psychologists' skills are in high demand.

Information about careers in psychology and related fields




Counseling Career Directions & Suggested Elective Classes




Electives: PS 212, PS 216, PS 253, PS 311, PS 315, PS 316, PS 317
Degree: MA/MS, PhD (doctor of philosophy), PsyD (doctor of psychology)
Licensure:
  • Psychologist (usually need doctorate),
  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)


Electives: PS 212, PS 311, PS 315
Also interested in counseling children?: PS 111, PS 112, PS 216, PS 306
Consider co-major or minor in visual arts, performing arts, or music
Degrees: MA/MS in art therapy (or similar)
Licensure:
  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
  • your state may have others


Electives: PS 212, PS 315,  PS 317, PS 351
Other: Consider minor in sociology, courses in social work
Degree: MA/MS in substance abuse counseling (or similar). BA/BA for CASAC


electives: PS 111, PS 112, PS 214, PS 292, PS 306
Degree: BA/BS in psychology and certification


Electives: PS 212, PS 315, PS 316
Consider a minor in sociology
Degree: MA/MS in Marriage and Family Therapy (or similar).
Licensure: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LFMT)


Electives: PS 212, PS 315, PS 302, PS 111, PS 112, PS 306
Degree: MA/MS in ABA therapy and certification


Electives: PS 212, PS 216, PS 253, PS 315, PS 316, PS 317
Consider a minor in sociology and take courses there in social work (SW course numbers)
Degree: MSW (master of social work). Different licensures include.
  • LMSW = Licensed Master Social Worker
  • LCSW = Licensed Clinical Social Worker requires more clinical hours, leads to working in advanced setting for therapeutic support

Other Careers for Psychology Majors



Electives: PS 212, PS 306, PS 315, PS 442
Other: courses in sociology, biology/physiology, physics, etc.
Degrees: MA/MS in occupational therapy or Doctor of Occupational Therapy


Degrees: BA/BS, MA/MS or PhD in heath psychology or community psychology
See also Child Life



Electives: PS 111, PS 112, PS 306, PS 315
Degrees:
  • MA/MS or PhD in School Psychology
  • MA/MS in school counseling/guidance counseling
  • Doctor of Education (EdD)
Consider a minor in education or sociology


Consider minor in science or business depending on interest
Degree: MA/MS or PhD


Electives: PS 220 and consider courses in law, public policy, and sociology depending on student interest
Degree: MA/MS or PhD


Consider minor in science, math or computer science
Degree: BA/BS, MA/MS or PhD


Electives: PS 212, PS 213, PS 351, PS 442 (consider minor in biology, or better yet, major in biopsychology)
Degree: MA/MS or PhD


This career requires a medical degree (MD). In addition to majoring in psychology, the student will want to review the pre-health program information for appropriate classes to take.
Electives: PS 212, PS 311, PS 315, PS 351
Degree: MD

Information about careers for biopsychology majors. Biopsychology is a branch of neuroscience.





In addition to requirements in biopsychology, you should plan to take a year of physics and human anatomy & physiology
Degree: Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)


Electives: PS 212, PS 306, PS 315, PS 442
Other: courses in sociology, biology/physiology, physics, etc.
Degrees: MA/MS in occupational therapy or Doctor of Occupational Therapy


Electives: PS 212, PS 213, PS 351, PS 442
Degree: MA/MS or PhD


These careers require a medical degree (MD). In addition to majoring in psychology, the student will want to review the pre-health program information.
Electives: PS 212, PS 213, PS 311, PS 315, PS 351, PS 442
Degree: MD

These are just a few examples! A degree in psychology can prepare you for so many careers beyond this list. Let us know if you have questions!