Career Outlook

Your Future with a BS in Psychology and Human Services

"Individuals with bachelor's degrees will earn $400,000 more in their lifetimes than those with just a high school diploma, according to a College Board report." —Higher Ed Dive, June 2020

As a graduate of the Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Human Services program, you will be qualified to apply for a broad range of positions in human services and many related fields. Students completing BS program with a minor in Addictions Counseling will fulfill the required 270 hours of content-specific education and accrue 300 hours of supervised practical training, which contributes towards the total hours required for eligibility to sit for the Licensed Drug and Addiction Counseling II certification exam in Massachusetts.

You may also choose to pursue further education—the BS in Psychology and Human Services will provide a solid foundation in the field to prepare you for a master’s or doctoral degree. Members of the Bachelor’s Honors Program will also have the opportunity to complete up to six graduate credits while in the BS program.

Job Titles

Students who earn an undergraduate degree in psychology and human services may choose to pursue many rewarding career paths including the following:

  • Probation Officer
  • Psychiatric Technician
  • Research Assistant
  • Case Manager
  • Sales Representative
  • Social Service Specialists
  • Marketing Researcher
  • Higher Education Recruiter
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Police Officer
  • Community Outreach Worker
  • Correctional Officer
  • Substance Abuse Counselor (Entry-level)
  • Therapeutic Mentor
  • Elementary Special Education Aide
  • Case Coordinator
  • Mental Health Worker
  • Project Coordinator
  • Therapeutic Training and Support Counselor
  • Human Services Screener/Liaison
  • Human Services Manager
  • Family Support Worker

Salary Range

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, salaries vary by industry and specific occupation. We encourage you to do your own research on or the Bureau of Labor Statistics website to explore salary expectations for your geographical region and industry.

Job Title Bureau of Labor Statistics National Salary Range
Social Service Specialists $32,564-$49,993
Marketing Researcher $40,900-$55,438
Correctional Officer $37,556-$57,471
Case Coordinator $45,212-$64,655
Mental Health Worker $35,162-$54, 781

Shani Jean-Charles"Being a part of the bachelor's program has allowed me to grow as a person and I have been able to find a home where I feel a tremendous amount of support from everyone. The continuous support has motivated me to continue with my education within the Clinical PsyD program where I strive to be a clinician for the underserved communities."

Shani Jean-Charles, Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Human Services

Careers in Psychology and Human Services

Dr. Kerri Augusto, program director for the BS in Psychology and Human Services degree completion program, walks you through a 25-minute video presentation on career options in psychology and human services. Watch our video presentation.

Further Your Education and Experience

Your psychology education does not have to stop with the completion of your bachelor’s degree. Eligible students in the William James College BS in Psychology and Human Services program are able to continue into the College’s online Master of Arts in Psychology non-licensure program or the Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis program. There is no admission application required—eligible students will work with their advisor and submit a letter of intention prior to their final semester in the BS program.

You may instead wish to join the Behavioral Health Service Corps℠, which is a unique opportunity to serve, earn, and learn. This paid, year-long service and learning opportunity for post-bachelor's level students provides an entry-level career experience in behavioral healthcare along with credits towards a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

We encourage our students to explore all of the available programs and experiential opportunities at William James College. In addition to our Master of Arts in Psychology and our Behavioral Health Service Corps, graduates of the BS program often choose to continue their education in one of our master's or doctoral programs. Check out our Program Finder to see what program might be the perfect fit for you.

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