Counseling and Applied Psychological Science (BS)

Counseling and applied psychological science is a specialty in promoting psychological well-being. Counselors and applied psychologists provide the tools and resources necessary for individuals, families and organizations to cope with everyday problems. The BS program in counseling and applied psychological science provides foundational training in counseling theories, career and lifespan development, ethics and research methods. A unique aspect of the program is its attention to cultural diversity that includes age, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion and socioeconomic status.

Graduates may qualify for employment in community agencies, hospitals, rehabilitation centers and other behavioral healthcare delivery settings to support counselors and other mental health professionals. Graduates will be prepared for careers as behavioral health technicians, vocational rehabilitation assistants, human service workers, life-skills instructors and others. Graduates will not be license-eligible as professional counselors but will be well-prepared to enter advanced graduate degree programs in counseling and related fields.

Degree offered

Counseling and Applied Psychological Science (BS)
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Career outlook

A degree in counseling and applied psychological science prepares students for careers in various settings:

  • government (sales and marketing, human resources management)
  • mental health professions (youth counselor, substance abuse counselor, behavioral health technician)
  • social services (high school psychology teacher, occupational analyst)

The degree also provides an excellent foundation for graduate study in fields such as counselor education, counseling or clinical psychology, social work and family studies.

Example careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Career*growth*median salary
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors 22.3%$39,270
Health Educators12.2%$50,430
Community Health Workers 14.9%$34,870
Counseling Psychologists 19.6%$68,900
Counselors, All Other11%$44,830
General and Operations Managers 7.1%$97,270
Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors8.2%$53,370
Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners, All Other12%$73,400
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary 19%$90,210
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 5.8%$56,310
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 16.3%$42,490
Marriage and Family Therapists 14.8%$48,040
Mental Health Counselors 19.6%$40,850
Neuropsychologists and Clinical Neuropsychologists 9.8%$92,110
Occupational Therapists 26.5%$78,810
Occupational Therapy Assistants 42.7%$56,950
Physical Therapist Assistants 40.6%$54,410
Physician Assistants 30.4%$95,820
Psychiatric Aides5.3%$26,220
Psychiatric Technicians5.2%$31,130
Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary 15.8%$68,690
Recreational Therapists12%$44,000
Registered Nurses 16%$66,640
Rehabilitation Counselors9%$34,380
School Psychologists 19.6%$68,900
Social and Community Service Managers9.5%$62,740
Child, Family, and School Social Workers6.2%$42,120
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers 18.9%$41,380
Therapists, All Other 23.6%$55,900

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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