Depends on your educational level:
On the job: psychiatric technician, mental health technician.. they work in psych hospital/units and they do pretty much everything. you are treated like crap but you have most of the responsibilities. you are the one that does crisis intervention, take vital signs, takes all the complaints, gets hit, documentation, cleans, wipe butts.
Associates: the position above. you may be able to work in a group home or residential facility as a shift supervisor with experience, sometimes you can get some jobs in social services (youth worker so forth). Just an associates don't open many more doors.
Bachelors: case management, correctional counselor, counselor in juvenile detention centers, therapeutic recreation specialist, case manager, mental health liaison for programs, supervision, social services, research assistant. Note, when i say "counselor" i do not mean that you are a counselor as in a licensed counselor. you are not a therapist, you can't diagnose, or "treat" a disorder.
Masters: depending on if you obtain license or not. You can be a therapist with supervision. You can work as a behavioral consultant (once licensed). clinical director, program director.. the key is to obtain a license..
Doctorate: doors totally open, you can do most things... therapist, director, researcher, consultant, anything.. the key is to have your license.
Jobs depends also on what discipline of psychology you do.. clinical, school, counseling, developmental, educational, cognitive, so forth.
Psychology is an amazing and open field, once you have your independent license you can do so much and work with many populations.. anywhere from infants to geriatrics.. helping a child with a learning disorder to working with an adult in a prison.. assessing a patient with dementia or a person who is actively psychotic.. helping children that have been severely abuse, a person with depression or someone that is suicidal. Its a very rewarding career..
Another career if you don't want to obtain a Doctorate is a masters in counseling.
x, you cannot become a special education teach with a degree is psychology! Also, to become a counselor you have to have a degree in counseling or counseling psychology (not psychology).
Answered By: d - 5/31/2011