Careers in Psychology for Homeschool High Schoolers

Some teens are thinking hard about the future, so can we suggest: careers in psychology for homeschool high schoolers.

Careers in Psychology for Homeschool High Schoolers

Careers in Psychology for Homeschool High Schoolers

One of the hats I wear, besides having homeschooled my kids and been a local homeschool high school advisor, is counseling. I have served my local community as a licensed professional counselor for over twenty-five years, so this topic is dear to me.

Many of our communities across America are experiencing shortages of mental health professionals. I have been praying for years that more teens will consider going into this rewarding field. My I suggest careers in Psychology for homeschool high schoolers?

Our homeschoolers often have a heart to serve and have learned compassion skills at home, at church and/or in volunteer organizations. These are the basic skills in Psychology.

Perhaps your teens would consider taking a Psychology credit (such as 7Sisters’ popular Introduction to Psychology) and Human Development (yes, 7Sisters has that, too). For inspiration, here is a look at possible career choices. Psych is a field that is constantly changing, so there are some careers I might have missed- what would you add? (BTW- when your teens work on a Psychology credit, add some activities for enrichment to the calendar. It will help them like psych!)

Click here for an excerpt from Introduction to Psychology.

Introduction to Psychology
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Careers in Psychology for Homeschool High Schoolers

The links included here are for career descriptions in, the US government’s job description site. It provides job descriptions, occupational outlook, salary information, training information and often, interviews.

  • Psychologist

    • This is the general term for someone who has studied Psychology (Often psychologists choose a specialized field of study)
    • Counseling Psychology
      • Specialize in counseling.
    • Clinical Psychology
      • Specialize in more intensive settings such as inpatient hospitals or agencies
    • Look at a career profile for a psychologist for more information
  • Engineering Psychologist

  • Experimental or Research Psychologist, Psychometry

    • Does research on psychological health, theory or practice. These jobs are usually a part of a psychology professor’s work at research universities

Is your teen called to a career in Psychology? There is great need!

  • Educational Psychologist

    • See School Psychologist (Educational psychologists also conduct research at research universities or work in the government in policy making positions.) 
  • School Psychologist

    • Diagnose and develop Individualized Education Program for students with learning or behavioral issues. Sometimes do counseling with individuals and groups of students
    • Look at a career profile for a school psychologist for more information
  • Guidance Counselor

  • Performance or Sports Psychologist

    • Help athletes (and others who rely heavily on their performance for career success) overcome mental obstacles to success
    • Read this article on What is Sports Psychology for more information
  • Counselor- Masters Level Mental Health Professional Counseling

    • Does the same work as a psychologist but has a Masters Degree in Counseling instead of a PhD in Psychology
  • Marriage and Family Counselor

  • Addictions Counselor

    • See Addictions Social Worker (Does the same work)
  • Career Counseling

    • Work with people to find a good-fit career or advance in their careers. Often work in agencies or college campuses
    • Read this article What is Career Counseling for more information
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling

  • Social Workers- Licensed Clinical Social Worker

    • Have similar training to counselors with a specialty on community resources. Social workers work in private practice, agencies, government, hospitals
      • Medical and Public Health Social Work and Case Managers
      • Child Advocate/Welfare Worker
      • Community Service Manager
      • Addictions Social Worker
  • Non-professional Counseling Careers

      • These careers usually only require a Bachelor’s Degree.
    • Residential Treatment Counselors
      • Provides direct support to residents at long-term care facilities
    • Inpatient-Setting Group Counselors and Staff
      • Lead groups or work with individuals in specific skills for self-awareness and life skills

If you are interested in a career in psychology, it is good to explore options. Ask these (and other) questions:

  • Which area of psychology interests me the most?
  • What type of education and credentials are required?
  • Is the job description of interest to you?
  • What will be the expected income and work requirements?
  • Which university has the program I like?
  • What is their position on integration and Christian psychology?
  • Also check out this episode of Homeschool Highschool Podcast for more tips on exploring careers in Psychology.

If your teens have not had a chance to do any career exploration yet, I suggest starting with 7Sisters’ Career Exploration textbook to get an overall view of God’s plans along their personalities, talents, experiences, skills, and values. This helps them get off to a good start…any maybe some will end up with a career in Psychology!

BTW- If your teen likes online courses, check out our self-paced (asynchronous) Introduction to Psychology from a Christian Perspective course. Read about it here.

Introduction to Psychology from a Christian Perspective Online, self-paced course from 7SistersHomeschool.
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For teens who want to use a syllabus and course description, click the following links:

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Careers in Psychology for Homeschool High Schoolers

Vicki Tillman

Blogger, curriculum developer at, counselor, life and career coach, SYMBIS guide, speaker, prayer person. 20+year veteran homeschool mom.

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