What careers are ideal for a candidate with a bachelor's in psychology

Medically reviewed by Laura Angers Maddox, NCC, LPC
Updated April 18, 2024by BetterHelp Editorial Team

The psychological industry is a diverse and evolving field dedicated to understanding the connection between the mind, mental health, and the body. Although many careers in psychology require a master's degree, some careers accept those with a bachelor's degree. If you've graduated with a bachelor's or are looking at career options, you can explore a few avenues below.

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What career paths can be taken with a bachelor's in psychology?

Careers that require a psychology degree are in high demand, depending on the industry, and can vary in focus. Many people with a bachelor's degree in psychology graduate and look for jobs in human services, counseling, and advocacy. They may provide career counseling or work for a non-profit organization servicing those needing psychological services. 

Below are a few career paths professionals with a bachelor's degree in psychology can take. This list is not exhaustive, so if you're not interested in the following careers, research careers in your area to discover which options might best fit your skills and preferences. 

Mental health professionals

Some people who enter the field of psychology hope to become counselors or therapists. However, these careers often require a master's degree or higher. A few counseling positions may accept people with a bachelor's degree. However, these types of "counseling" positions are not under a license, so they may not be intensive. 

A few options for counseling and mental health services may include the following: 

  • Career counseling 
  • Group home staff
  • Crisis support staff
  • Psychiatric technician 
  • Rehabilitation specialist 
  • Medication delivery 

Having a career in one of these areas with a bachelor's degree may be beneficial if you're looking to gain experience while working toward your master's degree and looking for a job afterward. 

Case managers and human services

Case managers assist clients with daily responsibilities and survival needs, such as housing, eating, and finding shelter. They can also help clients by empowering them to use their strengths and achieve their goals. 

As a case manager, you might work in a social services organization to help others identify and meet their needs. You may work with clients with substance use disorders, mental illness, or other health concerns. Case management often involves helping connect people with the resources they need, like vocational training or mental health services. A case manager might check in with their clients often, help them schedule appointments, and remind them to take their medications. 

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These professionals can also work in a welfare-to-work program and might collaborate with vocational rehabilitation counselors and facilities. To be a case manager, you may be required to understand local resources and programs and have a degree in psychology.

Developmental psychologists

Those interested in developmental psychology might find working with children fulfilling and engaging. In this line of work, you can work with children living with developmental disorders, learning disorders, mental illness, neurodivergent identities, and other identities. Exact roles and responsibilities can vary depending on where you choose to work. However, your focus may be on supporting the children in their treatment plans, schooling, and educational needs while keeping them safe. 

Vocational rehabilitation counselors

Vocational rehabilitation involves working with clients facing challenges that have affected their ability to work. Due to disabilities or mental health challenges, some people struggle to find work they can perform consistently that ensures their well-being. Vocational counselors help these individuals receive job training, placement, and interview support. In some cases, these positions involve funding for clients' schooling, accommodations, or job-related expenses. 

With a bachelor's degree in psychology, you can work in vocational rehabilitation services to help others fulfill career goals and gain independence. Studies show that vocational rehabilitation services are helpful for people living with disabilities who are looking to find work, so there is evidence that this job does make a difference.


Psychology teachers

As a teacher, you can educate young people or adults on empowering themselves and embracing their strengths. Check the requirements for teachers in your state to see what options are available. Depending on your state, you may be qualified to work in various positions at an elementary, middle, or high school with a bachelor's in psychology, including a teaching position. 

Teachers must often be empathetic, compassionate, and kind to students, traits many people working in psychology value. In addition, you can create a positive learning environment and a sense of community, helping students succeed. Teaching psychology or similar subjects to students allows you to directly apply your knowledge and inspire others to pursue the same field. 

Psychology writers

A psychology degree can equip you with the writing knowledge to offer insights through the written word. Suppose you're interested in a writing career. In that case, you might write books about human behavior, articles online, or work as a ghostwriter to help others ensure their content is psychologically correct. 

There are often opportunities to write for established publications if you have expertise in human behavior and writing. It may also be advantageous if you have personal experience with mental health challenges because you can offer a perspective from personal experience.

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Counseling options 

As you navigate your career decisions, it can be beneficial to care for your own mental health. Many therapists see a therapist, and reaching out for support doesn't "take away" from your knowledge or expertise in your field. One of the ways you can take care of yourself is to see a therapist for outside perspective and support. You can also try online therapy if you're busy with school or work. 

Online therapy through a platform like BetterHelp can allow you to work with a therapist from the comfort of your home, which may save you time, energy, and money. In addition, online therapy offers sessions outside of standard business hours, which can be valuable for those who spend their day working or attending classes. 

Research has demonstrated that online therapy can be as effective as in-person therapy for treating mental health symptoms. Other studies have found that college students or busy young adults may significantly benefit from this therapy format due to its convenience, low cost, and flexibility. 


There are many options for work if you have a bachelor's degree. Many careers in psychology involve working with others, but some people also take a writing or research route. If you're unsure where to go with your degree, you can also consider contacting a licensed career counselor for guidance as you look for a position that fits your skills.
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