Entry-Level Psychology Careers

Entry-level psychology careers are broad. Regardless of whether you want to work in the private or the public sector, in healthcare or the corporate world, entry-level psychology work requires at least a two-year associate's degree or a full four-year bachelor’s degree in psychology. With the associate degree, you will need more on-the-job experience, depending on the requirements of that particular job. Keep in mind that fewer opportunities will be available with an associate’s degree, and most psychology careers require a bachelor’s or master’s degree. An associate’s degree in psychology is more of a jumping-off point if you plan to continue your education in the future.

Clinical entry-level can include psychiatric technician and aide roles in areas such as behavioral health and school counseling. Non-clinical roles include market researcher, mediator, and career advisor.

Entry-Level Psychology Requirements

The general eligibility requirements for a typical entry-level career requiring a psychology qualification include:

  • An associate's degree (two-year) or bachelor's degree (four-year)
  • Some jobs may specify a minimum GPA of between 2.5 and 3.0. However, many won’t so long as you have completed your degree
  • Clinical roles may require evening and weekend work to fit around clients
  • Clinical psychology openings may also require security and safety checks before being able to practice
  • You may also be expected to pass health screening tests for clinical settings
  • Current license to practice as a clinical psychologist
  • For home visits, a valid driver’s license is nearly always essential
  • For non-clinical psychology (such as marketing or teaching), professional licensing and further vocational qualifications may apply

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Advanced Psychology Careers

With a higher degree comes improved career opportunities and pathways to academic routes such as research and treatment development. Most professional therapists have a master's degree in psychology, while consultants and other higher-level professionals may have doctorates. For most non-clinicians, an MA/MS, PsyD, or Ph.D. in Psychology is preferred for work as a researcher.

Clinical roles will still require a psychology license to practice, while for management roles (non-patient facing), a license is preferred. Non-clinical roles include organizational psychology, market research, and public health awareness.

Advanced Psychology Career Requirements

  • A master's degree (MA/MS) or doctorate qualification (Ph.D./PsyD)
  • License for clinical practice as a psychologist or therapist
  • Liability insurance for professional malpractice
  • Membership of a regulatory body (both clinical and non-clinical areas sometimes require this)
  • Weekend and evening availability for clinicians handling therapy patients
  • Safety screenings through the DOJ or FBI for clinical and teaching roles
  • Health screenings for clinical workers, especially those working with the medically vulnerable
  • A current driver’s license
  • Vocational training may be required for private sector careers such as sports psychology practice or occupational psychology

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List of Psychology Careers & Specialties

Psychology is a broad umbrella that enables graduates to work in any number of careers – both inside and outside of clinical practice. Here are some specialties you might choose to study:

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