When I first graduated with a psychology degree I was thinking I’d never get a decent paying job unless I went to grad school and got a masters degree. Technically, it depends on what your perspective of “decent pay” is. Last week I was chit chatting with a friend of mine who happens to be a military wife. She lives in San Clemente..by the beach. I’m sending her as much nasty glares as possible because I miss living in Irvine. She was asking me about my degree since she recently graduated and was looking for employment. I told her I’d write it all in a post so she could read it because it was way too much talking on the phone. No I’m not rude. I just happen to hate talking on the phone. First of all, it depends on what type of psychology degree you have. I know, what the heck does that mean? Well UCI has two types of psych degrees. You could either enter the School of Social Ecology and earn a BA in Psychology and Social Behavior (like I did) or you could enter the School of Social Sciences and earn a BA in Psychology. What’s the difference? If you can’t tell from the name, the first one is primarily based on social behavior. It also depends on what you want to do. A psych degree is very general so the field of employment is very broad. You could work as a teachers assistant, a paraprofessional, case manager, behavioral interventionist, youth leader, insurance agent, car salesperson, marketing assistant, and etc. The first few make sense but a car salesperson? A lot of people don’t know that companies like Enterprise hire individuals with psych degrees or communication degrees. Psychology is based on communicating and all that yada yada so don’t focus on one type of job while browsing.
Okay here’s the breakdown of places that hire individuals with psych degrees as far as I know of.
Teacher Assistants/Instructional Aides/Paraprofessionals (the fancy term): School districts (usually requires 2 or years of experience), Olive Crest, and McKinley Children’s Center
Case Managers: Ability First and 5 Acres
Behavioral Interventionist: Easter Seals and Sage Behavioral Services
Insurance Agent: Aflac and Farmer’s Insurance
Car Salesperson: Enterprise
I hope that helps Ren! 🙂 I think a lot of the more popular companies like Farmer’s Insurance will be easier to locate for military spouses because they’re always on the move. Easter Seals is an excellent company to work with if you’re a military spouse because they have a program for veterans. It’s right up your alley 🙂 They pay fairly well too. Starting wage for a BI is $16-18. If anyone knows of anymore places/companies than let me know! I’ll be sure to pass it along.