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When you are thinking about a behavioral sciences career, you should think about what things you like about psychology. Do you want to help people solve problems in their lives? Or maybe you want to study human behavior or even neuroscience. There are so many options when you are considering your concentration emphasis. Perhaps you would like to be an organizational psychologist working in a corporate environment to help employers improve employees' work environments. Or, teach psychology at the university level so you would consider a master's in educational psychology. Or you might want to counsel students as a school psychologist. Forensic Psychology is another growing area in the behavioral sciences. If you wish to understand criminal behavior, this might be an avenue you would consider. Consider all of the options and types of psychology before choosing one. A master's degree usually takes two to three years to complete. If you decide you want to be a researcher, then you might consider a doctorate, Ph.D.
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Psychology is a field of study in Social Sciences. There are few jobs IN psychology other than teaching psychology. But a person who knows psychology can apply it in various professions such as Counseling. At the masters level, you can be a marriage counselor, school counselor, vocational counselor, or you can be really smart and get a Masters in Social work instead of Psychology and become a Social Worker (MSW), with most of the perks and pay of a psychologist for half the time and money as a Ph.D. The MSW does tend to pay better than the M.A. or M.S. in Psychology.
I would look at major employers in Canada and also government support social services organizations. If you want to work in any type of psychology field then you definitely need to understand assessment, therapeutic interventions and statistics. These levels of study can be utilized in human resources, substance abuse treatment, vocational education and counseling as well as private practice. I would take a career planning assessment and also try to find internships during your off time so that you can see exactly what is involved. Providing services can be difficult and challenging - any experience within a helping profession can assist you in making this decision.