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What programs/technologies will I most likely run into during a Psychology degree/career?

While some programs are easy to understand like Microsoft Word, there are some harder programs that take some practice getting used to like SPSS. Psychology is more than just therapy, so it is important to know what kind of things (technology-wise) I might run into while undergoing a Psychology degree or being in a psychology-related job, which could then change my decision on whether it fits in line with my ideal occupation, and consequently if I should pursue such a career path. #college #computer-software #science #psychology #higher-education

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Lauren’s Answer

Typically if you choose a Master's level license to perform counseling/psychotherapy you will likely encounter powerpoint, excel, word, and an intro into online/software platform for recording your hours. If you choose a PhD or EDD level license (psychologists) then you will likely encounter the statistical programs mentioned above SAS and or SPSS, and potentially qualitative analysis programs like NVIVO. Those programs would be in the context of a statistics/research course where the instructor is teaching you the stats/research along with how to use the program. Not all Psychology doctorates require data analysis in their final papers. For instance an EDD program requires a dissertation that would include data analysis, whereas some PhD programs require it and other do not, and some PsyD programs require a final paper that is more of a literature review and not an experiment/research based paper (dissertation). It will depend on what you would like to do with your degree, what license you are seeking out, and which college/university you choose to attend.

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Linda Ann’s Answer

Glad that you mentioned SPSS. SAS is another possible statistical package (depends on the college or university you attend). MS Excel or MS Acces are other possibilities.


I wish you the best in your educational pursuits and eventual career.

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