• Careers and Employment Outlook

    Majoring in psychology is a popular choice among students.  Many are interested by the field, but wonder, "what do I do with a degree in psychology?"  The answer:  many things are possible.  Below is a brief exploration of possibilities:

    Top ten careers in psychology; some of these require graduate degrees, some do not:  http://psychology.about.com/od/careersinpsychology/tp/psychology-career-trends.htm 

    Entry level careers in psychology; many of these may be obtained with an associate’s degree or a bachelor’s degree:  http://www.psywww.com/careers/entry.htm 

    The above link has many types of jobs that one might not realize could be associated with a psychology major.

    What jobs are available locally, in Corpus Christi, with an associate’s in psychology?  A common entry level job is mental health tech.  Such jobs will be found in places like Christus Spohn Memorial, or at Padre Behavioral Hospital.  These jobs involve both direct patient contact as well as documenting patient behaviors in their charts.  MHMR  has various jobs that also require direct patient contact; their website is www.ncmhmr.org 

    Check frequently; they are constantly posting new positions.

    Many employees at MHMR with case manager’s positions have bachelor’s degrees in psychology.  So do many probation officers.  These jobs come with insurance benefits and pay about the same as a teacher’s job in the public schools.  It is possible to combine academic backgrounds such as psychology and criminology, or psychology and business, depending upon the type of job you’re interested in.

    With a master’s degree in psychology, a 2-year internship, and by passing the national counselor’s exam, it is possible to become licensed as a professional counselor in Texas.  With these credentials you may have your own private counseling practice, bill insurance companies, or you may work in an institutional setting such as a psychiatric hospital.

    The master’s degree typically takes 2 years of full-time study.

    Many beginning psychology students state that they wish to become a clinical psychologist.  What does this mean?  A Ph.D. or Psy.D. in psychology, plus an internship.  This enables the person to do psychological testing as well as counseling, and also hold many types of supervisory positions in many settings.  For this to be a realistic goal,  it is important to maintain very good grades (admission to doctoral programs may be very competitive) and to be willing to devote several years to the process.

    Further information on request in Heritage Hall!  Stop by the departmental office in 101 and ask to speak to any of the psychology faculty.  Information is also available on careers of any type in the Counseling Office in the Harvin Center.

  • Contact Information

    Social Sciences
    101 Baldwin Blvd.
    Corpus Christi, TX 78404
    (361) 698-1228