I would go nurse practitioner specialization psychiatric it's a few more years, but I believe if interested it would be well worth it as they make about the same salary as Medical doctor specialists in psychiatry.
It's pretty uncommon to get a job practicing psychology without a masters degree. However, there are plenty of jobs that can use your skills learned, particularly sales, marketing and human resources because understanding human psychology is critical for those disciplines. Companies that are developing intuitive software using artificial intelligence may also be interested in your skill set. If you're interested in those fields, I would suggest starting there.
As for skills in the non-profit or public sector, there are a few jobs like social worker or criminologist that you can get with a bachelor's degree. If you want to work as a psychologist, you will have to get a masters degree and a license to command a position.
What types of jobs were you looking for, specifically?
~ Coach Chantel, Job Search Guide
I am 61 and I went back to get my masters in human services in my early 50's. I think it was a waste of time and money. One reason is that I took the non-licensing program and I refuse to go back to school at my age. I have not found a job working with my masters. It might have something to do with not getting licensed. But, there are so many licenses out there that I wouldn't know which one to go for. I looked into getting a BCBA certification and a College near me said I would have to take 8 courses. They suggest one course per semester. I would be in school for about 3 to 4 years. Also, the educational requirements is a masters degree which I have but I can't see myself at this age being in school another 3 to 4 years
I personally recommend trying out your local LPCA organization for information on what is needed. Here is a link to the one for Georgia.
Joining this group has given me bunches of information.
I’m looking to go to grad school for my masters degree to be a counselor. MFT to be exact but idk if it’s the best idea job market wise. My B.S Degree is in Health and Human Performance which was supposed to be a stepping stone to physical therapy or athletic training. But I wasn’t sure if I would be happy with that so now I’ve decided on counseling because I’ve always be able to talk to people one on one and get them to talk to me easy. I also have a really big heart and just want to help. I just don’t want to waste my time on another degree that I’m not going to be able to use but have to pay for. Please some advise?!!
This appears to be the best web site to check for cacrep approved classes in your area, just pick your state and it will give you a list of accredited programs in colleges. I live in North Georgia and have been doing research on this exact same thing. I have a Bachelors degree in Psychology (recently attained) am 47 years old and am not wanting to add another $65K to my already $60K+ bill. I have found that there is a degree that will help me to attain the job that I am looking for and it appears to be an M.ed in Clinical Mental Health (also offered in school counseling). In the area I am in, I have found that this degree is cacrep accredited from the particular collage I am looking at. Interestingly enough their MA in Psychology is not cacrep credited so make sure that not only the school is accredited but the program is as well. This program is under $30k here, they have internships and I have only met one person so far with this degree that is actually working as a counselor. I am furthering my research to find out how many people from this school get licensure and work in this field after their graduation.
I was told my degree was accredited by my college of course, and all this degree did for me was get further in debt by 65000!
Now I can't move ahead. The board told me that I had to get anot her masters degree. I am 48 yo. I can't get in debt another 65000 grande, nor want to start over. I mistakenly figured I'd have an option to take the few classes needed to then get eligible. Problem - I haven't found a college that will do that as they make you take the full curriculum. It's BS!
To go in debt that much more for a job where maybe I might make 50-55,000 is not wise.
I am exploring other options but in illinois the job market sucks. I have a CADC, and 20 years experience, and the ultimate humoring factor is I have a kid in her 20s as my supervisor....because she has the license.
I need some help in figuring what else I can do , cause their isn't any money in substance abuse counseling.
If anyone doesn't mind giving me advice on this matter. I'd greatly appreciate it.
I am a recent graduate with a Masters in Clinical/Counseling Psych. I am in the process of trying to obtain my associate license (LAPC) for those familiar with the licensure process in the state of GA. And I'm having a rough time.
I've been looking for a job that can provide me with the supervision I need, preferably contract work but my main issue is finding a place of employment that understands the process of licensure and the job duties aligned with what the state wants.
If anyone has any advice of where I can apply, please let me know! Thank you!
My advise to you is to go for it my friend. The economy changes from time to time but psych jobs are always going to be out there. I have a masters in human services counseling and when I look back at it, I should have majored in social work since they are so closely related. To be a psychologist may take up to 10-13 yrs depending on if you want to be an PhD or a Psy.D.
In Texas, the counseling market here is somewhat good but in the west coast it is better. The mean pay in Texas is about 45-50K tops in a salary position but for those who are unlicensed counselors, the pay is significantly low 30-35K. Social workers in Texas range about 50K depending on experience and settings; if you can find a job as a new graduate.
The pay for a psychologist after the years of schooling and the mandatory intern year, the pay is only 70K maybe 75K but your loans will be 200K+. It takes a lot of money to be called "doctor". Think about it really closely and see if you are going to be able to handle such debt coming out of school and taking the EPPP. Take care and be in good healh
I have done my Masters in Applied Psychology (Majors in Clinical Psychlogy) from India and I have recently moved to Atlanta. Can anyone plz suggest me what all career options do I have here with this degree?
Anyway, I too am regretting the 80,000 in student loans I took out for this degree. I did my internship hours with a hospice, focusing on childrens' and adult grief. I had NO idea that LPC's are not medicare billable, and only recently became medicaid billable. My school neglected to inform me of this! Hospices do NOT hire LPC's nor do nursing homes. I can't even get into a school down here because TX requires a license in "School Counseling". All the areas I want to work in and have experience in, I CAN'T! I am starting to look into online programs that will accept at least some of my credits and try to get a MSW. I'm 57 yrs old and had hoped that at this age I would be in my last job and planning on my retirement. I know God has a plan but it is very discouraging right now.