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Medical Careers that Require a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology


Medical Careers--Pharmaceutical Sales

Using your Psychology degree to start a career in Pharmaceuticals Sales

It may seem unlikely to you, but you can use your Psychology degree to pursue a career in Pharmaceutical (pharma) sales. As a Pharmaceutical Sales rep you provide doctors with drugs needed to care for their patients. This job requires you to understand pharmacology, but many Psychology majors have an interest in drugs and behavior, (the effect of drugs on the body (including the nervous system), side effects and possible ineractions with other drugs), and have taken a course on this topic as well as Biology and Chemistry courses. In addition, you should be aware that Pharmaceutical Sales reps may specialize in a certain group or class of drugs, which can help a rep more valuable to those providing healthcare and better able to sell their products.

There are several important issues to think about if you are considering being a Pharmaceutical Sales rep. First, these reps often spend a lot of time on the road. They visit doctor's offices, hospitals, and nursing homes on a regular basis. Second, in general these reps are pretty independent and can set their own work schedules. Third, the norm is for Pharma reps to work on commission-you get paid based on how much you sell. This means that reps typically put in a lot of hours, but they can earn a relatively large salary. Fourth, being a sales rep of any type requires a lot of networking, so a good amount of your time may be spent at conferences and events where doctors and hospital/nursing home reps will be in attendance. Fifth, Phrama reps may try and earn voluntary certification as a Certified National Pharmaceutical Representative (CNPR) through the National Association of Pharmaceutical Representatives. The importance of this certification is that it gives you: a) product knowledge required by pharmaceutical sales companies, (b) information about the rules and regulations for selling drugs, and (c) information about selling techniques.

glassdoor.com listed the yearly average wages of a Pharmaceutical sales Representative at $74,000.

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Medical Careers--Government Worker

Medical Careers--Medical Lab Technician

Medical Careers--Mental Health Technician

Medical Careers--Medical Scribe

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Medical Careers--Dentist

Medical Careers--Medical Doctor

Medical Careers--Nurse

Medical Careers--Physician Assistant

Medical Careers--Speech Pathologist

Medical Careers--Medical Scribe

A path to being a Medical Scribe involves having a Psychology degree

You can pursue a career as a Medical Scribe with your Psychology degree. You may not have heard of this career, but there has been a real uptic in Medical Scribe jobs--click this link to read about this. A Medical Scribe (transcriptionist) is a relatively new career option, but it revolves around the fact that a large amount of documentation and clerical work required in all areas of medicine. Medical Scribes help relieve Medical Doctors of the bulk of this work, and allow physicians to spend more time on actual patient care. Thus, a Medical Scribe enters data in a patient's electronic health record. You get to work closely with physicians and of course gain a lot of exposure in a medical context. If you enjoy being around medical doctors and patients, this is a great job opportunity for you.

Salary Information

bls.gov reports that Medical Scribes have a median income of $35,000 per year.

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Medical Careers--Government Worker

Medical Careers--Medical Lab Technician

Medical Careers--Mental Health Technician

Medical Careers--Pharmaceutical Sales

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Medical Careers--Dentist

Medical Careers-Medical Doctor

Medical Careers--Nurse

Medical Careers-Physician Assistant

Medical Careers--Speech Pathologist

Medical Careers--Medical Lab Technician

What are my career options with a Psychology degree as far as being a Medical Lab Tech?

Your Psychology degree can lead to a career as a Medical Lab Tech. The job description for a Medical Lab Tech includes conducting research concerning different aspects of health and medicine. In this job, you will ll work under the supervision of a supervisor (often a Medical Doctor) to perform tests that help to diagnose and treat diseases. You may be asked to prepare samples for analysis, record measurements from various tests, analyze the chemical content of liquids, and test for drug levels in blood.

Salary Information

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistiocs the yearly median wages of a Medical Laboratory Technician at $52,000.

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Medical Careers--Pharmaceutical Sales

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Medical Careers--Dentist

Medical Careers--Medical Doctor

Medical Careers--Nurse

Medical Careers--Physician Assistant

Medical Careers--Speech Pathologist

Medical Careers--Mental Health Technician

A Psychology degree can lead to a career as a Mental Health Technician

Your Psychology degree can be used to become a Mental Health Technician. This career involves working with other mental health professionals (e.g., Psychiatrists, Medical Doctors) to treat patients with mental/behavioral problems (e.g., substance abuse), typically in a hospital, shelter or mental health facility) More specifically, a Mental Health Technician will offer care to those with a mental illness or a developmental disability, and help them with everyday living. In addition psychiatric technicians assist with treatment plans--both developing and implementing these plans--and with record keeping (e.g., documenting when medication was given).

Salary Information

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that Mental Health (Psychiatric) echnicians and aides have a median salary of $29,500 per year.

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Medical Careers--Dentist

Medical Careers--Medical Doctor

Medical Careers--Nurse

Medical Careers--Physician Assistant

Medical Careers--Speech Pathologist

Medical Careers--Government Worker

Are there jobs in the Government for those with a Psycology Degree?

The nice thing about a Psychology degree is that it can lead to a number of Government jobs. These jobs include those that are related to mediical fields or healthcare. At the Federal level these jobs may be located in various agencies--the Department of Education, all military branches, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Department of Veteran Affairs, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Centers for Disease Control. Find out about various Federal job openings by clicking this link. In addition to jobs with the Federal government, you can check out Government jobs at the local and state levels.

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Medical Careers--Dentist

Medical Careers--Medical Doctor

Medical Careers--Nurse

Medical Careers--Physician's Assistant

Medical Careers--Speech Pathologist

Medical Careers that Require a Professional Degree


Medical Careers--Speech Pathology

Can my Psychology degree lead to a career as a Speech Pathologist?

With your Psychology degree you might consider becoming a Speech Pathologist, also known as a speech-language pathologist or a speech and language therapist. This career path involves preventing, evaluating, diagnosing, and treating speech, language, and/or swallowing disorders in adults and children. These disorders include when someone cannot produce speech sounds correctly or fluently, difficulty communicating with others, and or sharing thoughts, ideas, and feelings.

In the same way that Psychology majors applying to medical (and other) programs require certain pre-requisite courses, it is likely that you will need to take certain prerequisites before applying to a speech-pathology graduate program. These courses may be in areas like Biology, Anatomy, Linguistics, Communications, Physics, Acoustics and others. To be sure, check the website of any school you plan to apply to. Also, keep in mind that to become a speech-language pathologist (SLP), you need at least a Master’s degree (usually two years), and will need to be certified/licensed in the state where you practice.

What will be required to pursue a Speech Pathologist career?

Salary Information

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median (middle) salary of a speech pathologist is $73,410.

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Medical Careers--Mental Health Technician

Medical Careers--Pharmaceutical Sales

Medical Careers--Medical Scribe

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Medical Careers--Dentist

Medical Career--Medical Doctor

Medical Career--Physician Assistant

Medical Careers--Nurse 

Medical Careers--Dentist

What do I need to know about becoming a dentist with a Psychology degree

So you want to be a Dentist. Can your Psychology degree lead to this career? The quick answer is "Yes", but there are some issues you must consider. Before anything, let's be clear that a Dentist earns a degree called a "DDS" (Doctor of Dental Surgery) or a "DMD" (Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry) is qualified to treat diseases and conditions affecting teeth and gums. In addition, one of the major roles of a Dentist is to help people take care of their teeth and gums. This includes advice on brushing and on foods that can impact dental health.

To be a Dentist you must go to dental school. Getting into dental school is relatively hard, and as a Psychology major you will need to have taken some required dental school courses (e.g., Chemistry, Biology). In addition, you must take the Dental Admissions Test (DAT). As you might know, doing well in your college coursework and on the DAT is especially important because being accepted to dental school is pretty difficult. If you do get accepted, it usually takes 4 years of dental school to get your Dental degree. Be aware that in almost all cases you must pay dental school tuition. After graduation from dental school, you obtain licensure from state Board of Dentistry to practice in the profession. If you decide to specialize in an area of dentistry (e.g., become an orthodontist), you must complete 2-4 years of postdoctoral education, and might be required to complete a 2-year residency program in that specialized area.

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the median yearly income for a Dentist at $158,000.

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Medical Careers--Pharmaceutical Sales

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Medical Careers--Medical Doctor

Medical Careers--Nurse

Medical Careers--Physician Assistant

Medical Careers--Speech Pathologist

Medical Career--Physician Assistant

What is a Physician Assistant (PA)?

Your Psychology degree can be the start of a career as a Physician Assistant (PA). A PA is a medical professional who works with all ages of patients to: (a) diagnose diseases, (b) develop treatment plans, and (c) prescribe drugs. Sometimes you might see a PA instead of a Medical Doctor when you go to a clinic to be treated, although it is important to keep in mind that PA will be part of a healthcare team tsupervised by a Medical Doctor. 

To become a PA, you must complete an accredited PA program, which generally lasts around 2 years. One thing to keep in mind is that there are certain courses you will have been expected to take (e.g., Chemistry) to enter a PA program. Also, you will be required to take an entrance exam. If you plan to apply to a PA school, see if they require the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Also, getting into a PA program is not a "slam dunk"--probably not as hard to get into as most medical schools, but definitely not easy. Going to school to become a PA generally requires tuition that is paid by the student.  As a PA you can specialize in a specific medical area (e.g., Pediatrics). You must obtain licensure from state board of nursing to practice in the profession. Obtaining this license will require completing a one-year clinical rotation to gain hands-on medical experience.

Click here to read about the difference between a PA and a Medical Doctor. Click here for a link to the American Academy of Physician Assistamts (AAPA). Click here for a GREAT website about preparing to be a PA.

Salary Information

indeed.com lists the average yearly income for a Physician Assistant at $92,000.

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Medical Careers--Medical Lab Technician

Medical Careers--Mental Health Technician

Medical Careers--Pharmaceutical Sales

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Medical Careers--Dentist

Medical Career--Medical Doctor

Medical Careers--Speech Pathologist

Medical Careers--Nurse

Medical Careers--Medical Doctor

Using your Psychology degree to become a Medical Doctor

A number of students who earn a Psychology degree decide that they want to become a Medical Doctor. Luckily, this is not a problem, as we will discuss below. Remember, a medical doctor is a qualified practitioner of medicine. Thus, he or she is concerned with researching, diagnosing, and treating diseases and other physical and mental impairments. Another important thing to keep in mind is that some Medical Doctors chose not to see patients, but only want a research career.

As far as medical school, there is an interesting decision you may have to make. If you want to be a medical doctor, it is likely that you will go to a medical school and earn your MD degree. However, you may want to consider going to an oesteopathic school and earn a Docor of Oesteopathic Medicine degree (DO). A DO is a physician able to practice in all areas of medicine. They emphasize a whole-person approach to dealing with patients. In this way they focus on a great deal on preventive medicine. In addition, DOs receive special training in the musculoskeletal system.

Whichever medical school you choose, it usually takes 4 years to graduate (2 years classroom training in medicine and 2 years clinical training). The tuition for this degree tuition is paid by you. After graduation from medical/oestheopathic school, you must obtain licensure from a state Board of Medicine to practice in the profession. Prospective doctors must then complete a 3-7 year residency program before their training is finished.

Salary Information

The Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the average yearly income for a Medical Doctor at $198,000.

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Medical Careers--Nurse

Medical Careers--Nurse

Becoming a Nurse with a Psychology degree

With your Psychology degree, you might consider a career as a Nurse. Most of you know that Nurses are trained to care for individuals, families and communities with a goal of optimal health and quality of life. This care involves offering advice, providing emotional support, dealing with (a lot) of paperwork, and working with medical doctors to help diagnose patients and determining follow-up care. Nurses do a lot!

Similar to a career as a Physician assistant, Medical Doctor, or Speech Pathologist, Psychology major who wants to be a Nurse must go to a specific type of school--nursing school. To go to nursing school you will need to take certain required courses (e.g., Biology, Chemistry, Math, etc.). Also, you will need to take (depending on the nursing school) an entance exam. Click here to see various entrance exams that are offered. Nursing school tuition is paid by the student. Nursing positions are commonly found (but not exclusively) in hospitals. There are different degrees that can be earned as a nurse: 2-year associate's degree or 4-year bachelor's degree. A potential nurse must obtain licensure from state Board of Nursing to practice in the profession. In thinking about becoming a Nurse, keep in mind that there are different types of nurses: licensed practical nurse (LPN), registered nurse (RN), nurse practitioner (NP) and others. 

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The US Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the median (middle) yearly income for a Nurse at $70,000.

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Medical Careers--Medical Doctor

Medical Careers--Dentist

Medical Careers--Physician Assistant

Medical Careers--Speech Pathologist