Psychology Associate Degree
If you're interested in psychology, you may already know that becoming a psychologist will require several years of study and an advanced degree. If seven years of school sounds too strenuous, you may still find yourself in a psychology career within two years. Psychologists, social workers, and counselors employ a number of social and human service assistants--from mental health and case management aides to social work assistants and community outreach workers. Although their duties vary by specific occupation, social and human service assistants help determine client eligibility for social assistance (food stamps, Medicaid, etc.), manage case records, arrange transportation, assist in crisis intervention, and administer food banks.
One main benefit of working as a social or human service assistant is the ability to get into a career quickly. A bachelor's degree is not required for most jobs in this occupation. However, you can make yourself a more eligible candidate by pursuing postsecondary education in social or behavioral science. A psychology associate degree might be a good way to start.
Although coursework varies by institution, a typical psychology associate degree might expose you to coursework in introductory psychology, developmental psychology, and theories of personality. More general coursework may cover studies in English composition, literature, mathematics, history, and fine art. Within two years, your psychology associate degree can open the door to a support position in a psychiatric hospital, rehabilitation program, or outpatient clinic. Alternatively, you can use your psychology associate degree as a launch pad to more advanced study.
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