Why Graduate School?
Graduate level work is not a prerequisite for employment after a B.A. in psychology. Many employment areas exist for the psychology program graduate; however, graduate schooling is recommended and even required for employment in many areas of psychology.
Counseling and clinical psychology graduate programs prepare students to become therapists, able to practice in many different settings. These psychologists require graduate training to prepare them for the specific abilities a therapist needs. States with licensing laws require psychologists to have some graduate work experience.
Psychologists who teach and/or conduct research at a university or college setting are expected to have obtained a graduate degree, usually a doctorate., although some schools employ M.A. level teaching psychologists. Research institutes and companies expect their employees to have the additional research methodology and statistical expertise graduate school supplies. Thus, graduate school serves as a pre-requisite for many vocational areas within psychology.
Employment opportunities appear to be very positive for many areas of psychology. Therapeutic service delivery areas continue to expand nationwide, with a great need for psychologists in rural and some suburban areas of the U.S.. Research opportunities continue to increase and a projected increase in openings at colleges and universities will make available many positions for psychologists interested in teaching and research. While some areas are more open to new psychologists, employment can be found in most areas of psychology.