Counseling and Psychology – Career Options

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With a background in counseling and psychology, graduates find many opportunities in both entry-level positions and specialty areas. While the immediate image is often one of being a counselor or therapist, there are actually many career options for a graduate with a degree in counseling and psychology. Some require graduate education, while others are accessible to someone with a bachelor’s degree in counseling and psychology. Mid-Atlantic’s counseling and psychology graduates are diverse in their career choices or graduate school plans after finishing their undergraduate studies.

Where They Work

What They Do

Graduate School

 Atlantic Autism Services  College Liaison (between a public school and community college) Capella University
 Beaufort County Community College  counselor East Carolina University
 Brynn Marr Hospital  Health Services Assistant Liberty University
 The Children’s Center (VA)  Rehabilitation Tech Regent University
 Eden Counseling  social work Univ of NC – Pembroke
 Lindley Habilitation Services – North Carolina  substance abuse counselor
 PORT Health  teacher assistant


For those counseling and psychology students who are not planning to attend praduate school, these are just a few of the careers available to you:

Case Manager

Organizes and coordinates services and supports for patients, such as children with mental health problems and their families; oversees the overall medical, personal, and social service needs of the patients.

Psychiatric Assistant

Assists counselors in non-therapeutic therapy. Monitors and assesses patient progress to ensure that patient treatment objectives are met. Records and reports patient information. Implements patient treatment plans and selects patient activities.

Crime Victim Advocate

Counsels victims and their families; accompanies and supports victims through the criminal justice process; provides community education, training and consultation.

Therapeutic Staff Support

Provides one-to-one behavioral health interventions to a child or adolescent with a serious emotional disturbance in order to prevent more restrictive services or out-of-home placement and to promote age-appropriate psychosocial growth.

Rehab Specialist

Manage the components important in the rehabilitation process of individuals with physical and mental disabilities. They help prevent fragmentation and gaps in services to people seeking to move from psychological and economic dependence to independence.

Residential Counselors

Person in charge of group homes. The residents of these homes include emotionally disturbed, developmentally disabled, and mentally ill youth and adults. People in homes supervised by residential counselors may also have physical problems, but the problems that keep them from being self-sufficient are primarily mental or emotional.

Home Care Aids

Helps elderly, disabled, and ill persons live in their own homes or in residential care facilities instead of in a health facility.

To see more entry-level job possibilities, please view this document.