If you have graduated with an online bachelor’s degree in psychology, you may be wondering if you need to get your master’s degree as well. Of course, online degrees are usually not discriminated against today so that makes no difference to the question. The answer depends on several things, including how much money you can afford to spend on school.
What Kinds of Jobs Can I Get With a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology
Although your career options are more limited than they would be if you had an advanced degree, there are some entry-level positions you can get. “Psychology: About.com” lists several positions in the human services. A few are included below:
• Career Counselor
• Psychology or Behavioral Health Technician
How Much Can I Expect to Earn With a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology
Here is one determining factor. People with a bachelor’s degree usually earn significantly lower salaries than someone with a master’s degree. A case manager with a bachelor’s degree can expect to earn about $20,830 a year. A case manager position would pay twice that to someone with a master’s degree. Of course the responsibilities would be greater with more education, and other jobs don’t have that kind of disparity, but the difference is still striking. The consideration is whether you can afford the additional debt getting a master’s degree would bring. With those monthly loan payments, it could take years before you see a huge difference in your net salary. In addition, if you choose not to earn your advanced degree online, you will lose employment time.
People with an online bachelor’s degree in psychology will find many more job opportunities than those with only an associate degree or no education after high school at all. If, however, you decide that obtaining a master’s degree will help you meet your career goals, your experience in taking online classes can help you get your master’s degree while you are employed, and that may help considerably with the expenses of getting the advanced degree.