When we hear the words psychology or psychologist, we often think of graduate or doctoral degrees, but there are many careers available with an Associate’s in Psychology degree. Individuals who are interested in psychology but don’t want to be in school for several years can choose from three associate degrees: Associate of Arts in Psychology, Associate of Science in Psychology and Associate of Arts in Applied Psychology. Here are some careers available to individuals with an Associate’s in Psychology Degree.
Psychology aides is probably one of the top careers available with an Associate’s in Psychology degree. Psychology aides assist psychologists as the assess treat patients. They may assist with some patient therapy and also administer and score psychological tests. They also perform many administrative and office tasks such as answering phones, greeting patients, documenting patient information and interviewing patients. Psychology aides may work in hospitals, clinics or mental health facilities. FederalPay.org reports that the average annual wage for psychology aides in 2016 was $50,376.
Youth counselors work with young children and adolescents and assist them in solving problems. They also make referrals to appropriate agencies if it can improve the child’s physical and emotional well-being. Youth counselors typically work in outpatient care centers but may also provide their services to families and individuals. They try to help the youths overcome emotional and mental disorders and also work with individuals who have behavioral or substance abuse problems. Individuals pursuing careers with associate’s in psychology degrees often find this job highly rewarding. As of April 2018, youth counselors earned a median annual wage of $34,685 according to PayScale.
Administrative assistants working in a psychology department often work in a mental health clinic or facility and perform many administrative duties such as answering phones, maintaining financial records, depositing funds, screening clinic guests and calls, maintaining clinic rosters, processing offer paperwork and coordinating the daily management and operations of the facility. The administrative assistant also provides support to the psychology department as needed. U.S. News & World Report states that administrative assistants earned a median salary of $34,820 in 2016.
Psychiatric Nursing Assistant
Psychiatric nursing assistants work under the supervision of RNs or psychiatrists while they administer personal care to mentally challenged individuals in a mental health facility, clinic or hospital. They closely observe patients and their mannerisms to acknowledge and deteriorating conditions that could be harmful to the patient or others. They assist patients in performing their daily living activities, support the doctors and nurses in handling emergencies and help administer therapeutic treatment. Other duties include assisting in restraining patients, documenting patients’ information, ensuring patients are clean, and maintain a good relationship with staff. Psychiatric nursing assistants earned an average annual wage of $29,330 as of May 2017 according to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
Home Care Aide
Home care aides provide care for mentally or physically ill, disabled or injured patients who are living in residential care facilities or confined to their homes. They work under the supervision of licensed nurses. Home care aides also provide daily care to disabled patients who work outside of their homes. They often assist with daily personal care needs, assist in administering medication and assist with use of medical equipment. The BLS reports that home care aides earned an average annual wage of $22,870 in 2017.
Associate’s in Psychology degrees have increased in popularity the past decade or so and continue to do so. While one degree type can act as a stepping stone towards graduate degrees, another may prepare the student for entry-level work in the psychology. Whichever degree is chosen, there is an abundance of excellent careers available with an Associate’s in Psychology.