What Can I Do with a Major in Psychology?


A major in Psychology can prove useful in a variety of careers! Check out possible career options below for what you can do with a major in Psychology. Entry-level salary data from 2010-2015 are provided below for each type of position. Please keep in mind that salaries vary depending on region and prior experience.

We also recommend you review our major requirements and explore more with the help of University Career Services or Psychology.org.

Career Options


Administrative Assistant (Record Clerks)
  • Salary: $25,000 – $35,000
  • Short on-the-job-training
  • Compiles and maintains records of business transactions and office activities of establishment, performing variety of following or similar clerical duties and utilizing knowledge of systems or procedures: Copies data and compiles records and reports
  • Tabulates and posts data in record books
  • Computes wages, taxes, premiums, commissions, and payments
  • Records orders for merchandise or service
  • Gives information to and interviews customers, claimants, employees, and sales personnel
  • Receives, counts, and pays out cash
  • Prepares, issues, and sends out receipts, bills, policies, invoices, statements, and checks
  • Prepares stock inventory
  • Adjusts complaints

Admissions Evaluator
  • Salary: $25,000 – $35,000
  • Short on-the-job-training
  • Examines academic records of students to determine eligibility for graduation or for admission to college, university, or graduate school: Compares transcripts of courses with school entrance or degree requirements and prepares evaluation form listing courses for graduation
  • Studies course prerequisites, degree equivalents, and accreditation of schools, and computes grade-point averages to establish students’ qualifications for admission, transfer, or graduation
  • Explains evaluations to students
  • Refers students with academic discrepancies to proper department heads for further action
  • Issues registration permits and records acceptances and fees paid
  • Performs related duties, such as preparing commencement programs and computing student averages for honors
  • May advise students concerning their eligibility for teacher certificates
  • May specialize in evaluation of transfer students’ records and be designated Evaluator, Transfer Students

Affirmative Action Officer
  • Salary: $65,000 – $75,000
  • Short on-the-job-training with additional training throughout employment
  • Interpret civil rights laws and equal opportunity regulations for individuals or employers
  • Investigate employment practices or alleged violations of laws to document and correct discriminatory factors
  • Study equal opportunity complaints to clarify issues
  • Meet with persons involved in equal opportunity complaints in order to verify case information, and to arbitrate and settle disputes
  • Conduct surveys and evaluate findings to determine if systematic discrimination exists
  • Coordinate, monitor, or revise complaint procedures to ensure timely processing and review of complaints
  • Prepare reports of selection, survey, or other statistics and recommendations for corrective action
  • Develop guidelines for non-discriminatory employment practices, and monitor their implementation and impact
  • Provide information, technical assistance, or training to supervisors, managers, or employees on topics such as employee supervision, hiring, grievance procedures, or staff development
  • Counsel newly hired members of minority or disadvantaged groups, informing them about details of civil rights laws
  • Review Company contracts to determine actions required to meet governmental equal opportunity provisions
  • Consult with community representatives to develop technical assistance agreements in accordance with governmental regulations
  • Verify that all job descriptions are submitted for review and approval and that descriptions meet regulatory standards.
  • Act as liaisons between minority placement agencies and employers or between job search committees and other equal opportunity administrators

Advertising Copywriter
  • Salary: $35,000 – $45,000
  • Some on-the-job training
  • Create slogans, catchphrases, messages, and straplines for printed adverts and leaflets
  • Write text for web advertising and scripts for radio jingles and TV commercials
  • Liaise with clients and interpreting their briefs
  • Develop creative ideas and concepts, often in partnership with the art director
  • Present ideas to colleagues and clients
  • Familiarize themselves with their clients’ products and services, the target audience and their competitors’ activities
  • Write clear, persuasive, original copy
  • Update digital media
  • Proofread copy to check spelling and grammar
  • Amend, revise, or redevelop adverts or campaigns in response to feedback from the creative director, account team or clients
  • Oversee campaigns through the production stage to completion
  • Work on several campaigns at once, sometimes under pressure and often to tight deadlines
  • Cast actors for TV and radio work, and listening to voice tapes
  • Liaise with production companies, photographers, typographers, designers and printers
  • Keep up to date with popular culture and trends
  • Monitor the effectiveness of advertising campaigns

Behavioral Health Technician
  • Salary: $25,000 – $35,000
  • License is not usually required; certificates are voluntary, but encouraged
  • Help doctors and nurses with the treatment of patients who have various behavioral problems, such as substance abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder, mental instability and physical and emotional abuse
  • Often work in hospitals, shelters and mental health facilities
  • Document patient information in the log book using appropriate forms in a timely manner
  • Assist in emergency situations as directed
  • Ensure patients attend scheduled activities
  • Understand and maintain confidentiality of patient information and records
  • Recognize crisis situations and provides appropriate interventions based on training and experience

Business Services Officer
  • Salary: $75,000 – $85,000
  • Short on-the-job-training
  • Coordinate the organization, staffing, and operational activities for the Business Services Division including, organization, and budgets
  • Participate in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for providing Business Services; identify resource needs; recommend and implement policies and procedures
  • Review budgets, interim reports, and expenditures on a monthly basis and provide written recommendations to higher level management
  • Review district annual salary settlements and provide written evaluation to higher level management
  • Prepare and update a variety of budget related reports including various complex state and federal reports; provide information, analysis, and special reports to higher level management
  • Assume management responsibility for services and activities of the Business Unit
  • Manage and participate in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for assigned programs; recommend appropriate service and staffing levels; recommend and administer policies and procedures
  • Select, train, motivate and evaluate Business unit personnel; provide or coordinate staff training; work with employees to correct deficiencies; implement discipline and termination procedures
  • Plan, direct, coordinate and review the work plan for the Business unit; meet with staff to identify and resolve problems; assign work activities and projects; monitor work flow; review and evaluate work products, methods and procedures

Career Counselor
  • Salary: $35,000 – $55,000
  • May require licensure; schools prefer a Master’s Degree
  • Administer personality and interest inventories
  • Use achievement and aptitudes tests to help clients get a better idea of what they are good at
  • Counsel clients who are considering a career change
  • Evaluate clients’ educational and work backgrounds in order to help them determine what they need to do next to achieve their goals
  • Advise students about what courses and educational programs they need for particular careers
  • Help clients select the right schools or programs for their needs
  • Help students locate sources of financial support to pay for school and other training programs
  • Teach and practice jobs skills such as interviewing, resume writing, and networking
  • Aid clients in the job search process by teaching them where to look for open positions and connecting them with job search resources

Caregiver
  • Salary: >$25,000
  • CPR Certified
  • May require specific training, such as Nursing Aid (CNA), Home Health Aid (CHHA), and Personal Care Assistant (CPCA); this training can take 75-150 hours and agencies may reimburse for training
  • May be a ‘live-in’ care-giver position with reduced pay, but no cost of living
  • A caregiver is usually responsible for attending to the specific needs of an elderly person, but a caregiver may also attend to the needs of an infant or a disabled person. Caregivers serve a key role in the health care industry. Caregivers ensure that those under their care are clean, fed and safe. The responsibilities of caregiver can be diverse and encompass many aspects of care. Caregivers will generally work in a patient’s home and help with a variety of tasks. Caregivers are responsible for assisting infants, seniors or the disabled with receiving a proper diet and meals along with preparation of meals and in some cases grocery shopping. Caregivers assist in cleaning and taking those they are caring for on errands and other daily activities. When caring for an elderly patient a caregiver will also be responsible for a senior’s health care. This may include monitoring vital signs and keeping a log book (ex. if they are Diabetic). If the caregiver is caring for a child the job description may include making sure they are physically well and providing necessary social interaction such as playing games, reading and encouraging development of skills.
  • Record daily care notes

Case Manager
  • Salary: $25,000 – $35,000
  • Some on-the-job training
  • A case manager is the backbone of his/her clients. The job requires him/her to extract the history of the client, analyze the psychology, determine the needs, and coordinate with relevant departments or individuals to make sure that the client’s needs are fulfilled
  • Keep detailed records of every case, every home visit, every referral and every contact with resources on client’s behalf
  • Input accurate and complete data for all contacts with clients into agency database
  • Ensure that all documents submitted on behalf of a client are valid
  • Serve as a patient advocate. Enhances a collaborative relationship to maximize the patient’s and family’s ability to make informed decisions

Child Care Specialist
  • Salary: $35,000 – $45,000
  • Employers typically prefer Child Development Associate (CDA) and Certified Child Care Professional
  • Child Care Specialists care for children in child care centers, pre-schools, the children’s homes, and sometimes in their own homes. Child care specialists are responsible for children’s safety and for their social, emotional, and physical well-being
  • Maintaining a safe and nurturing environment
  • Engaging children in developmentally appropriate activities
  • Teaching social skills
  • Fostering learning skills and school readiness
  • Providing nutritious snacks or meals
  • Communicating with parents

Clinical Social Worker
  • Salary: $35,000 – $45,000
  • Requires state licensure, supervised on-the-job training, and an advanced degree may be required to advance in the field
  • Identify those in need
  • Help people of all life stages cope with and solve everyday problems
  • Advocate for and develop plans to improve clients’ well-being
  • Research and refer clients to community resources
  • Work with individuals, families or groups
  • Respond to clients in crisis situations
  • Work in a variety of public and private organizations
  • Observe client behavior, assess needs and create treatment strategies
  • Diagnose psychological, behavioral and emotional disorders
  • Develop and put treatment plans in place
  • Consult with doctors, therapists and medical professionals
  • Administer social service programs
  • Instruct clients’ families during treatment

Community Relations Officer
  • Salary: $45,000 – $55,000
  • Some on-the-job training
  • Implement recruitment guidelines as approved by the HR leadership
  • Visit community colleges, secondary schools and universities near the area and conduct seminars about the advantages and benefits the company offers to fresh graduates
  • Participate in community job markets by setting up stalls or booths featuring the corporate employment brochures
  • Issue press releases in coordination with headquarter public relations and marketing heads on any issue concerning health and safety of workers or its manufacturing and production facilities in the affected community

Customer Inspector
  • Salary: $45,000 – $55,000
  • Some on-the-job training
  • Implement recruitment guidelines as approved by the HR leadership
  • Visit community colleges, secondary schools and universities near the area and conduct seminars about the advantages and benefits the company offers to fresh graduates
  • Participate in community job markets by setting up stalls or booths featuring the corporate employment brochures
  • Issue press releases in coordination with headquarter public relations and marketing heads on any issue concerning health and safety of workers or its manufacturing and production facilities in the affected community

Day Care Center Supervisor
  • Salary: $25,000 – $35,000
  • May require additional training for a childcare license or CPR
  • Design the program and day-to-day operations of center to entertain and stimulate children, provide a nutritious meal plan, and plans for disciplinary action and emergencies
  • Responsible for hiring and supervising staff
  • Implement and manage budgeting, record-keeping, client files, and more
  • Be actively involved in direct care of children and intervene if child is in harm or displays a developmental issue

Environmental Researcher
  • Salary: $85,000 – $95,000
  • Some on-the-job training
  • Plans, directs, and coordinates activities of staff involved in developing procedures, equipment, and techniques to solve pollution problems, using scientific research methods: Schedules and assigns duties to staff research scientists and engineers based on evaluation of their knowledge of specific disciplines
  • Confers with project scientists and research engineers to formulate research plan, coordinate project activities, and establish reporting procedures
  • Prepares environmental research project feasibility and progress reports
  • Coordinates activities of research personnel conducting successive phases of problem analysis, solution proposals, and testing
  • Reviews technical aspects of project to assist staff and assess productivity of lines of research
  • Reviews project operations to ensure coordination of efforts and timely submission of reports
  • Analyzes reports to evaluate program effectiveness and budgetary needs
  • Approves expenditures necessary for completion of project
  • Coordinates planning, testing, and operating phases to complete project
  • Confers with local regulatory agencies to discover local environmental quality standards, industrial practices, and new developments in pollution abatement

Flight Attendant
  • Salary: $65,000 – $75,000
  • Training may include a month-long program for the Airline Academy, 3-6 weeks of on-the-job-training with the employer, and FAA certification
  • Announce and demonstrate safety and emergency procedures such as the use of oxygen masks, seat belts, and life jackets
  • Answer passengers’ questions about flights, aircraft, weather, travel routes and services, arrival times, and/or schedules
  • Assist passengers in placing carry-on luggage in overhead, garment, or under-seat storage
  • Assist passengers while entering or disembarking the aircraft
  • Attend pre-flight briefings concerning weather, altitudes, routes, emergency procedures, crew coordination, lengths of flights, food and beverage services offered, and numbers of passengers
  • Check to ensure that food, beverages, blankets, reading material, emergency equipment, and other supplies are aboard and are in adequate supply

Health Club Assistant Manager
  • Salary: $25,000 – $35,000
  • Some on-the-job training
  • Supervises and coordinates activities of workers engaged in planning, selling, and instructing fitness plans for clients of health club
  • Assigns and adjusts work schedules to meet customer demand
  • Interviews, hires, and trains new employees
  • Observes workers in performance of duties and gives remedial training to correct worker deficiencies and ensure courteous service to patrons
  • Plans and sells figure-controlling programs to prospective patrons
  • Assists subordinates in interviewing, measuring, and evaluating patrons’ physical condition to determine appropriate fitness program
  • Prepares contract forms, obtains signatures, collects deposits, and issues membership cards to patrons accepting plans
  • Demonstrates operation and explains purpose of equipment, such as treadmill exerciser and stationary bicycle, and instructs patrons in their use
  • Monitors patrons’ exercise program to ensure adherence to specified techniques

Health Educator
  • Salary: $35,000 – $45,000
  • Training may include a Certified Health Educational Specialist credential
  • Collaborate with health specialists and civic groups to determine community health needs and the availability of services, and to develop goals for meeting needs
  • Design and conduct evaluations and diagnostic studies to assess the quality and performance of health education programs
  • Develop and present health education and promotion programs such as training workshops, conferences, and school or community presentations
  • Develop operational plans and policies necessary to achieve health education objectives and services
  • Develop, conduct, or coordinate health needs assessments and other public health surveys
  • Prepare and distribute health education materials, including reports, bulletins, and visual aids such as films, videotapes, photographs, and posters
  • Provide guidance to agencies and organizations in the assessment of health education needs, and in the development and delivery of health education programs
  • Provide program information to the public by preparing and presenting press releases, conducting media campaigns, and/or maintaining program-related web sites
  • Develop and maintain cooperative working relationships with agencies and organizations interested in public health care
  • Develop and maintain health education libraries to provide resources for staff and community agencies
  • Develop, prepare, and coordinate grant applications and grant-related activities to obtain funding for health education programs and related work
  • Document activities, recording information such as the numbers of applications completed, presentations conducted, and persons assisted
  • Maintain databases, mailing lists, telephone networks, and other information to facilitate the functioning of health education programs
  • Supervise professional and technical staff in implementing health programs, objectives, and goals

Human Resources Assistant
  • Salary: $35,000 – $45,000
  • Some on-the-job training
  • Recruiting and staffing logistics
  • Performance management and improvement tracking systems
  • Employee orientation, development, and training logistics and record-keeping
  • Assisting with employee relations
  • Company-wide committee facilitation and participation
  • Company employee communication
  • Compensation and benefits administration and record-keeping
  • Employee safety, welfare, wellness, and health reporting
  • Maintaining employee files and the HR filing system
  • Helps with the implementation of services, policies, and programs through HR staff

Insurance Underwriter
  • Salary: $45,000 – $55,000
  • Training may include Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter certification
  • Determine whether or not an individual or business is a risk for the company to insure them by using specialized software to verify the probability of a loss
  • With calculated risk analyzed, determine the appropriate premium and details of the policy

Interviewer
  • Salary: $35,000 – $45,000
  • Some on-the-job training
  • Ask questions in accordance with instructions to obtain various specified information, such as person’s name, address, age, and state of residency
  • Identify and resolve inconsistencies in interviewees’ responses by means of appropriate questioning and/or explanation
  • Compile, record and code results and data from interview or survey, using computer or specified form
  • Review data obtained from interview for completeness and accuracy
  • Contact individuals to be interviewed at home, place of business, or field location, by telephone, mail, or in person
  • Assist individuals in filling out applications or questionnaires
  • Ensure payment for services by verifying benefits with the person’s insurance provider or working out financing options
  • Identify and report problems in obtaining valid data
  • Explain survey objectives and procedures to interviewees, and interpret survey questions to help interviewees’ comprehension

Junior Market Analyst
  • Salary: $55,000 – $65,000
  • Jobs may provide certification from the Marketing Research Association which must be renewed every two years
  • Collaborate with the business’s functional areas, including sales, customer support, marketing and gathering data and communicates requirements
  • Analyze the market and industry reports and data
  • Create financial and marketing models in PowerPoint presentations by documenting financial directions, business processes, and structure
  • Provide decision support, syndicate bench marking, and strategy research and technology investment
  • Work within delivery team to ensure timely results
  • Review research and secondary documents to deliver presentations

Labor Relations Specialist
  • Salary: $45,000 – $55,000
  • Some on-the-job training
  • Investigate and evaluate union complaints or arguments to determine viability
  • Present the position of the company or of labor during arbitration or other labor negotiations
  • Schedule or coordinate the details of grievance hearings or other meetings
  • Develop employee health and safety policies
  • Prepare evidence for disciplinary hearings, including preparing witnesses to testify
  • Monitor company or workforce adherence to labor agreements
  • Propose resolutions for collective bargaining or other labor or contract negotiations
  • Assess risk levels associated with collective bargaining strategies
  • Negotiate collective bargaining agreements
  • Recommend collective bargaining strategies, goals, or objectives
  • Assess the impact of union proposals on company or government operations
  • Provide expert testimony in legal proceedings related to labor relations or labor contracts
  • Identify alternatives to proposals of unions, employees, companies, or government agencies
  • Advise management on matters related to the administration of contracts or employee discipline or grievance procedures
  • Call or meet with union, company, government, or other interested parties to discuss labor relations matters, such as contract negotiations or grievances
  • Draft contract proposals or counter-proposals for collective bargaining or other labor negotiations
  • Draft rules or regulations to govern collective bargaining activities in collaboration with company, government, or employee representatives
  • Interpret contractual agreements for employers and employees engaged in collective bargaining or other labor relations processes
  • Mediate discussions between employer and employee representatives in attempt to reconcile differences
  • Prepare and submit required governmental reports or forms related to labor relations matters, such as equal employment opportunity (EEO) forms, new hire forms, or minority compensation reports
  • Prepare reports or presentations to communicate employee satisfaction or related data to management
  • Review and approve employee disciplinary actions, such as written reprimands, suspensions, or terminations
  • Review employer practices or employee data to ensure compliance with contracts on matters such as wages, hours, or conditions of employment
  • Write letters related to labor relations activities, such as letters to amend collective bargaining agreements, letters of dispute or conciliation, or letters to seek clarification of contract terms
  • Research case law or outcomes of previous case hearings
  • Select mediators or arbitrators for labor disputes or contract negotiations
  • Develop methods to monitor employee satisfaction with policies or working conditions, including grievance or complaint procedures
  • Train managers or supervisors on topics related to labor relations, such as working conditions, safety, or equal opportunity practices

Textile Laboratory Assistant
  • Salary: $25,000 – $35,000
  • Continual on-the-job training and may require specific certification
  • Performs standardized laboratory tests to verify chemical characteristics or composition of textile fibers, yarns, and products, and materials used in processing textiles: Tests oil and soap products to determine fitness for use in cloth and yarn finishing processes
  • Tests dyed goods for stripping
  • Tests greige goods to determine if goods are of specified quality for dyeing, printing, and finishing
  • Verifies dye formulas used to develop or match colors by dyeing samples of cloth, yarn or textile fibers, and determines fastness of dyes, using laboratory equipment
  • Tests raw stock for moisture content with meter-equipped probe
  • Verifies efficiency of scouring process by testing wool samples to determine percentage of natural greases removed, using scales, solvents, and ovens
  • Measures tear strength and wet and dry tensile strength, using tensile-testing equipment
  • Determines color value by subjecting material to lights
  • Visually inspects yarns and finished material
  • May classify finished product according to quality and estimate amount of mending required

Market Researcher
  • Salary: $45,000 – $55,000
  • Gathers information and plans, implements, controls, analyzes and/or reports on that information. The data collected will normally revolve around what organizations or people buy, need, do or think and the reasons why
  • Investigating market activity
  • Analyzing published data and statistics
  • Evaluating past performance of a product or service’s sales
  • Assessing future trends
  • Commissioning surveys
  • Coordinating research projects

Media Buyer
  • Salary: $55,000 – $65,000
  • Some on-the-job training
  • Negotiates with advertising sales agents to acquire advertising space, sponsorships, or product placements
  • Collect information about various audiences that can be reached by different media and the size of those audiences
  • Work with account executives to establish a plan for reaching the greatest number of potential customers at the lowest cost to the client
  • Negotiates with advertising sales agents to acquire advertising space, sponsorships, or product placements

Meeting Planner
  • Salary: $45,000 – $55,000
  • Some on-the-job training
  • Obtain permits from fire and health departments to erect displays and exhibits and serve food at events
  • Promote conference, convention and trades show services by performing tasks such as meeting with professional and trade associations, and producing brochures and other publications
  • Develop event topics and choose featured speakers
  • Consult with customers in order to determine objectives and requirements for events such as meetings, conferences, and conventions
  • Monitor event activities in order to ensure compliance with applicable regulations and laws, satisfaction of participants, and resolution of any problems that arise
  • Confer with staff at a chosen event site in order to coordinate details
  • Review event bills for accuracy, and approve payment
  • Plan and develop programs, agendas, budgets, and services according to customer requirements
  • Coordinate services for events, such as accommodation and transportation for participants, facilities, catering, signage, displays, special needs requirements, printing and event security
  • Arrange the availability of audio-visual equipment, transportation, displays, and other event needs
  • Inspect event facilities in order to ensure that they conform to customer requirements
  • Maintain records of event aspects, including financial details
  • Conduct post-event evaluations in order to determine how future events could be improved
  • Negotiate contracts with such service providers and suppliers as hotels, convention centers, and speakers
  • Meet with sponsors and organizing committees in order to plan scope and format of events, to establish and monitor budgets, and to review administrative procedures and event progress
  • Direct administrative details such as financial operations, dissemination of promotional materials, and responses to inquiries
  • Evaluate and select providers of services according to customer requirements
  • Read trade publications, attend seminars, and consult with other meeting professionals in order to keep abreast of meeting management standards and trends
  • Organize registration of event participants
  • Design and implement efforts to publicize events and promote sponsorships
  • Hire, train, and supervise volunteers and support staff required for events

Opinion Survey Researcher
  • Salary: $45,000 – $55,000
  • Some on-the-job training and a master’s degree may be required to advance in field
  • Collaborate with other researchers in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of surveys
  • Conduct surveys and collect data, using methods such as interviews, questionnaires, focus groups, market analysis surveys, public opinion polls, literature reviews, and file reviews
  • Consult with clients in order to identify survey needs and any specific requirements, such as special samples
  • Determine and specify details of survey projects, including sources of information, procedures to be used, and the design of survey instruments and materials
  • Direct and review the work of staff members, including survey support staff and interviewers who gather survey data
  • Direct updates and changes in survey implementation and methods
  • Monitor and evaluate survey progress and performance, using sample disposition reports and response rate calculations
  • Prepare and present summaries and analyses of survey data, including tables, graphs, and fact sheets that describe survey techniques and results
  • Produce documentation of the questionnaire development process, data collection methods, sampling designs, and decisions related to sample statistical weighting
  • Support, plan, and coordinate operations for single or multiple surveys
  • Analyze data from surveys, old records, and/or case studies, using statistical software programs
  • Conduct research in order to gather information about survey topics
  • Hire and train recruiters and data collectors
  • Review, classify, and record survey data in preparation for computer analysis
  • Write training manuals to be used by survey interviewers

Personnel, Training, & Labor-Relations Specialist
  • Salary: $55,000 – $65,000
  • Some on-the-job training
  • Advise management on matters related to the administration of contracts or employee discipline or grievance procedures
  • Call or meet with union, company, government, or other interested parties to discuss labor relations matters, such as contract negotiations or grievances
  • Draft contract proposals or counter-proposals for collective bargaining or other labor negotiations
  • Draft rules or regulations to govern collective bargaining activities in collaboration with company, government, or employee representatives
  • Identify alternatives to proposals of unions, employees, companies, or government agencies
  • Interpret contractual agreements for employers and employees engaged in collective bargaining or other labor relations processes
  • Investigate and evaluate union complaints or arguments to determine viability
  • Prepare and submit required governmental reports or forms related to labor relations matters, such as equal employment opportunity (EEO) forms, new hire forms, or minority compensation reports
  • Prepare reports or presentations to communicate employee satisfaction or related data to management
  • Review and approve employee disciplinary actions, such as written reprimands, suspensions, or terminations
  • Review employer practices or employee data to ensure compliance with contracts on matters such as wages, hours, or conditions of employment
  • Write letters related to labor relations activities, such as letters to amend collective bargaining agreements, letters of dispute or conciliation, or letters to seek clarification of contract terms
  • Assess risk levels associated with collective bargaining strategies
  • Assess the impact of union proposals on company or government operations
  • Develop employee health and safety policies
  • Develop methods to monitor employee satisfaction with policies or working conditions, including grievance or complaint procedures
  • Prepare evidence for disciplinary hearings, including preparing witnesses to testify
  • Train managers or supervisors on topics related to labor relations, such as working conditions, safety, or equal opportunity practices

Probation/Parole Officer
  • Salary: $45,000 – $55,000
  • Some on-the-job training and law enforcement training is encouraged (even required in some states)
  • Work with individuals who are serving probation instead of jail time
  • Keep in contact with offenders and their family members, juggle deadlines enforced by the court, and ensure that those under supervision meet all terms of probation, including drug testing
  • Work with the courts by analyzing a probationer’s file and making recommendations regarding sentencing
  • Meet with assigned offenders on a weekly or monthly bias and review the requirements for probation
  • Investigate the history and background of criminals and make recommendations in court proceedings on how the probation period should work
  • Maintain relationships with public, private, and nonprofit organizations in the community to help get the probationer assistance as needed
  • Alert the court when an offender has violated the terms of his or her probation so that further restrictions or an additional arrest can be made
  • Testify during trials, sentence hearings, and in situations when the offender violates court orders
  • Document all meetings and investigative findings

Professional Employment Recruiter
  • Salary: $35,000 – $45,000
  • Some on-the-job training
  • Develop and execute recruiting plans
  • Network through industry contacts, association memberships, trade groups and employees
  • Coordinate and implement college recruiting initiatives
  • Work with hiring managers on recruiting planning meetings
  • Create job descriptions
  • Lead the creation of a recruiting and interviewing plan for each open position
  • Conduct regular follow-up with managers to determine the effectiveness of recruiting plans and implementation
  • Research and recommend new sources for active and passive candidate recruiting
  • Build networks to find qualified passive candidates
  • Post positions
  • Improve the company website recruiting page to assist in recruiting
  • Research new ways of using the Internet for recruitment
  • Locate and document where to find ideal candidates
  • Aid public relations in establishing a recognizable “employer of choice” reputation for the company, both internally and externally
  • Attend local professional meetings and membership development meetings
  • Maintain regular contact with possible future candidates
  • Attend career fairs for recruiting and company recognition
  • Review applicants to evaluate if they meet the position requirements
  • Conduct pre-screening interviews
  • Maintain all pertinent applicant and interview data
  • Assist in performing reference and background checks for potential employees
  • Assist in writing and forwarding rejection letters, interviewing and selecting employee’s onsite, preparing and sending offer packages, and preparing and sending new employee orientation packages

Psychiatric Assistant
  • Salary: $25,000 – $35,000
  • Some on-the-job training
  • Monitor patients in order to detect unusual behavior, and report observations to professional staff
  • Provide mentally impaired or emotionally disturbed patients with routine physical, emotional, psychological or rehabilitation care under the direction of nursing and medical staff
  • Record and maintain records of patient condition and activity, including vital signs, eating habits, and behavior
  • Work as part of a team that may include psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurses and social workers
  • Aid patients in becoming accustomed to hospital routine
  • Organize, supervise, and encourage patient participation in social, educational, and recreational activities
  • Perform nursing duties such as administering medications, measuring vital signs, collecting specimens and drawing blood samples
  • Serve meals, and feed patients needing assistance or persuasion
  • Restrain or aid patients as necessary to prevent injury
  • Interview patients upon admission and record information
  • Provide patients with assistance in bathing, dressing, and grooming, demonstrating these skills as necessary
  • Participate in recreational activities with patients, including card games, sports, or television viewing
  • Maintain patients’ restrictions to assigned areas
  • Accompany patients to and from wards for medical and dental treatments, shopping trips, and religious and recreational events
  • Clean and disinfect rooms and furnishings to maintain a safe and orderly environment

Psychiatric Technician
  • Salary: $35,000 – $45,000
  • May require additional training including CPR certification, psychiatric technician certification, and some on-the-job training
  • Monitor patients’ physical and emotional well-being and report unusual behavior or physical ailments to medical staff
  • Provide nursing, psychiatric and personal care to mentally ill, emotionally disturbed or mentally retarded patients
  • Observe and influence patients’ behavior, communicating and interacting with them and teaching, counseling and befriending them
  • Take and record measures of patients’ physical condition, using devices such as thermometers and blood pressure gauges
  • Encourage patients to develop work skills and to participate in social, recreational, and other therapeutic activities that enhance interpersonal skills and develop social relationships
  • Collaborate with and assist doctors, psychologists, and rehabilitation therapists working with mentally ill, emotionally disturbed, or developmentally disabled patients in order to treat, rehabilitate, and return patients to the community
  • Develop and teach strategies to promote client wellness and independence
  • Restrain violent, potentially violent, or suicidal patients by verbal or physical means as required
  • Aid patients in performing tasks such as bathing and keeping beds, clothing and living areas clean
  • Administer oral medications and hypodermic injections, following physician’s prescriptions and hospital procedures
  • Issue medications from dispensary and maintain records in accordance with specified procedures
  • Interview new patients to complete admission forms, to assess their mental health status and to obtain their mental health and treatment history
  • Lead prescribed individual or group therapy sessions as part of specific therapeutic procedures
  • Contact patients’ relatives to arrange family conferences

Psychosocial Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Salary: $35,000 – $45,000
  • Some on-the-job training and specific certifications may be required, dependent on type of rehabilitation
  • Offer psychosocial and psychiatric rehabilitation services to help patients adjust to their social environment
  • May utilize medication and individual/group counseling
  • Provide assistance with job training, housing needs, and family support issues
  • Assess a patient’s current condition and level of social functionality
  • Develop a treatment plan to help a patient learn skill sets needed for independent living
  • Monitor patients’ progress, help patients achieve social integration goals, and intervene in crisis situations

Public Statistician
  • Salary: $75,000 – $85,000
  • Some on-the-job training; master’s degree may be required to advance in the field
  • Work in various sectors including health, transport, government, and industry
  • Design surveys and gather data and opinions that inform the future policies of organizations
  • Collect data for analysis, identify patterns, and prepare strategies
  • Use statistical techniques to make forecasts on population growth, economic conditions, or the outcomes of elections
  • Draw on knowledge of probability and sampling
  • Adapt statistical methods in order to solve specific problems in many fields
  • Analyze and interpret statistical data in order to identify significant differences in relationships among sources of information
  • Apply sampling techniques or utilize complete enumeration bases in order to determine and define groups to be surveyed
  • Identify relationships and trends in data, as well as any factors that could affect the results of research
  • Plan data collection methods for specific projects and determine the types of sizes of sample groups to be used
  • Process large amounts of data for statistical modeling and graphic analysis using computers
  • Report results of statistical analyses, including information in the form of graphs, charts, and tables
  • Supervise and provide guidance for workers collecting and tabulating data

Real Estate Agent
  • Salary: $35,000 – $45,000
  • Must take a state license exam
  • Present purchase offers to sellers for consideration
  • Confer with escrow companies, lenders, home inspectors, and pest control operators to ensure that terms and conditions of purchase agreements are met before closing dates
  • Interview clients to determine what kinds of properties they are seeking
  • Prepare documents such as representation contracts, purchase agreements, closing statements, deeds and leases
  • Coordinate property closings, overseeing signing of documents and disbursement of funds
  • Act as an intermediary in negotiations between buyers and sellers, generally representing one or the other
  • Promote sales of properties through advertisements, open houses, and participation in multiple listing services
  • Compare a property with similar properties that have recently sold in order to determine its competitive market price
  • Generate lists of properties that are compatible with buyers’ needs and financial resources
  • Display commercial, industrial, agricultural, and residential properties to clients and explain their features
  • Arrange for title searches to determine whether clients have clear property titles
  • Review plans for new construction with clients, enumerating and recommending available options and features
  • Inspect condition of premises, and arrange for necessary maintenance or notify owners of maintenance needs
  • Evaluate mortgage options to help clients obtain financing at the best prevailing rates and terms
  • Review property listings, trade journals, and relevant literature, and attend conventions, seminars, and staff and association meetings in order to remain knowledgeable about real estate markets
  • Investigate clients’ financial and credit status in order to determine eligibility for financing
  • Develop networks of attorneys, mortgage lenders, and contractors to whom clients may be referred
  • Visit properties to assess them before showing them to clients
  • Contact utility companies for service hookups to clients’ property
  • Conduct seminars and training sessions for sales agents in order to improve sales techniques
  • Appraise properties to determine loan values
  • Secure construction or purchase financing with own firm or mortgage company
  • Locate and appraise undeveloped areas for building sites, based on evaluations of area market conditions

Recreation Worker
  • Salary: < $25,000
  • Training includes CPR certificate and life saving training certificate
  • Enforce rules and regulations of recreational facilities in order to maintain discipline and ensure safety
  • Organize, lead, and promote interest in recreational activities such as arts, crafts, sports, games, camping, and hobbies
  • Manage the daily operations of recreational facilities
  • Administer first aid according to prescribed procedures, and notify emergency medical personnel when necessary
  • Ascertain and interpret group interests, evaluate equipment and facilities, and adapt activities to meet participant needs
  • Greet new arrivals to activities, introducing them to other participants, explaining facility rules, and encouraging their participation
  • Explain principles, techniques, and safety procedures to participants in recreational activities, and demonstrate use of materials and equipment
  • Evaluate recreation areas, facilities, and services in order to determine if they are producing desired results
  • Complete and maintain time and attendance forms and inventory lists
  • Confer with management in order to discuss and resolve participant complaints
  • Supervise and coordinate the work activities of personnel, such as training staff members and assigning work duties
  • Meet and collaborate with agency personnel, community organizations, and other professional personnel to plan balanced recreational programs for participants
  • Schedule maintenance and use of facilities
  • Meet with staff to discuss rules, regulations, and work-related problems
  • Evaluate staff performance, recording evaluations on appropriate forms
  • Oversee the purchase, planning, design, construction, and upkeep of recreation facilities and areas

Sales Agent
  • Salary: $55,000 – $65,000
  • Some on-the-job training
  • Service existing accounts, obtains orders, and establishes new accounts by planning and organizing daily work schedule to call on existing or potential sales outlets and other trade factors
  • Adjust content of sales presentations by studying the type of sales outlet or trade factor
  • Focus sales efforts by studying existing and potential volume of dealers
  • Keep management informed by submitting activity and results reports, such as daily call reports, weekly work plans, and monthly and annual territory analyses
  • Monitor competition by gathering current marketplace information on pricing, products, new products, delivery schedules, merchandising techniques, etc
  • Recommend changes in products, service, and policy by evaluating results and competitive developments
  • Resolve customer complaints by investigating problems; developing solutions; preparing reports; making recommendations to management
  • Maintain professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; participating in professional societies

Social Services Specialist
  • Salary: $25,000 – $35,000
  • Some on-the-job training
  • Assist in providing client services in a wide variety of fields, such as psychology, rehabilitation, or social work, including support for families
  • May assist clients in identifying and obtaining available benefits and social and community services
  • May assist social workers with developing, organizing, and conducting programs to prevent and resolve problems relevant to substance abuse, human relationships, rehabilitation, or dependent care
  • Provide information or refer individuals to public or private agencies or community services for assistance
  • Submit reports and review reports or problems with superior
  • Keep records or prepare reports for owner or management concerning visits with clients
  • Interview individuals or family members to compile information on social, educational, criminal, institutional, or drug history
  • Visit individuals in homes or attend group meetings to provide information on agency services, requirements, or procedures
  • Advise clients regarding food stamps, child care, food, money management, sanitation, or housekeeping
  • Consult with supervisor concerning programs for individual families
  • Transport and accompany clients to shopping areas or to appointments
  • Assist in locating housing for displaced individuals
  • Oversee day-to-day group activities of residents in institution
  • Assist clients with preparation of forms, such as tax or rent forms
  • Inform tenants of facilities, such as laundries or playgrounds
  • Explain rules established by owner or management, such as sanitation or maintenance requirements or parking regulations
  • Observe clients’ food selections and recommend alternate economical and nutritional food choices
  • Observe and discuss meal preparation and suggest alternate methods of food preparation
  • Assist in planning food budgets, using charts or sample budgets

Social Worker
  • Salary: $35,000 – $45,000
  • Requires state licensure, supervised on-the-job training, and an advanced degree may be required to advance in the field
  • Identify those in need
  • Help people of all life stages cope with and solve everyday problems
  • Advocate for and develop plans to improve clients’ well-being
  • Research and refer clients to community resources
  • Work with individuals, families or groups
  • Respond to clients in crisis situations
  • Work in a variety of public and private organizations

Teacher
  • Salary: $45,000 – $55,000
  • Some on-the-job training
  • Plan, organize and implement an appropriate instructional program in a learning environment that guides and encourages students to develop and fulfill their academic potential
  • Plan, prepare and deliver instructional activities that facilitate active learning experience
  • Develop schemes of work and lesson plans
  • Establish and communicate clear objectives for all learning activities
  • Prepare classroom for class activities
  • Provide a variety of learning materials and resources for use in educational activities
  • Identify and select different instructional resources and methods to meet students’ varying needs
  • Instruct and monitor students in the use of learning materials and equipment
  • Use relevant technology to support instruction
  • Observe and evaluate student’s performance and development
  • Assign and grade class work, homework, tests and assignments
  • Provide appropriate feedback on work
  • Encourage and monitor the progress of individual students
  • Maintain accurate and complete records of students’ progress and development
  • Update all necessary records accurately and completely as required by law, district policies and school regulations
  • Prepare required reports on students and activities
  • Manage student behavior in the classroom by establishing and enforcing rules and procedures
  • Maintain discipline in accordance with the rules and disciplinary systems of the school
  • Apply appropriate disciplinary measures where necessary
  • Perform certain pastoral duties including student support, counseling students with academic problems and providing student encouragement
  • Participate in extracurricular activities such as social activities, sporting activities, clubs and student organizations
  • Participate in department and school meetings, parent meetings
  • Communicate necessary information regularly to students, colleagues and parents regarding student progress and student needs

Urban Planning Officer
  • Salary: $65,000 – $75,000
  • Some on-the-job training; a master’s degree may be required to advance in field
  • Design, promote, and administer government plans and policies affecting land use, zoning, public utilities, community facilities, housing, and transportation
  • Hold public meetings and confer with government, social scientists, lawyers, developers, the public, and special interest groups to formulate and develop land use or community plans
  • Recommend approval, denial or conditional approval of proposals
  • Determine the effects of regulatory limitations on projects
  • Create, prepare, or requisition graphic and narrative reports on land use data, including land area maps overlaid with geographic variables such as population density
  • Advise planning officials on project feasibility, cost-effectiveness, regulatory conformance, and possible alternatives
  • Conduct field investigations, surveys, impact studies or other research in order to compile and analyze data on economic, social, regulatory and physical factors affecting land use
  • Discuss with planning officials the purpose of land use projects such as transportation, conservation, residential, commercial, industrial, and community use
  • Keep informed about economic and legal issues involved in zoning codes, building codes, and environmental regulations
  • Mediate community disputes and assist in developing alternative plans and recommendations for programs or projects
  • Coordinate work with economic consultants and architects during the formulation of plans and the design of large pieces of infrastructure
  • Review and evaluate environmental impact reports pertaining to private and public planning projects and programs
  • Supervise and coordinate the work of urban planning technicians and technologists

Volunteer Services Director
  • Salary: $45,000 – $55,000
  • May require specific training around 30 hours before starting work
  • Assist in the recruiting, screening, interviewing and training of new volunteers
  • Review new cases and assign appropriate volunteers, in consultation with the executive director
  • Prepare and distribute assignment documentation
  • Help develop initial case plans and ongoing strategies for advocacy
  • Review and distribute volunteer court reports
  • Maintain case files in office
  • Attend court hearings when possible and track court dates
  • Provide assistance and consultation for volunteers as needed and when requested
  • Assist volunteers and office in completion of volunteer/case stat sheets
  • Participate in volunteer evaluations as assigned by the executive director
  • Oversee assigned mentors and assist with identified needs

Wage/Benefits Analyst
  • Salary: $55,000 – $65,000
  • Some on-the-job training
  • Work with members of benefit plans, such as insurance plans and pension plans
  • Interact with members to help them understand current coverage and potential future needs
  • Read benefit coverages and put together a plan of action for each member, explaining those details and any law and compliance regulations to the beneficiaries
  • Contribute to new plan ideas, maintain databases of existing plans, and monitor release of benefits
  • Develop ideas and relay data sets, client information, and cost effectiveness to senior personnel
  • Participate in cross-departmental budget review for benefit plans
  • Work with insurance carriers to resolve issues regarding eligibility and claims
  • Formulate solutions to solve needs regarding benefits
  • Ensure benefit plans are administered according to plan provisions and company’s regulatory guidelines