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What does it take to have a career in psychology?

I am a Junior in high school and am passionate about working with psychology and helping people. I would love to learn about how much energy it takes to follow through with this type of career. Thanks! careers psychology career-options

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Donald’s Answer

There are many different types of psychologist who fill a wide variety of roles. It's hard to nail down what exactly is entailed in becoming a psychologist without knowing the details of the type of role you are interested in. Prior to my career at Verizon and a school administrator, I worked for 10 years as a School/Educational Psychologist. In that role you are required to obtain a specific licensing and/or certification from the state in which you practice. My formal train took three years of graduate study to meet the requirements to practice in my state. I would also add that if you are interested in being a psychologist you really want to be passionate about what it is that you do. The education and training required to become a psychologist is only a part of the commitment you make. Though a career as a psychologist is very rewarding it also can be very challenging and exacts a great deal of emotional energy to support the individuals you care for.
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Patti’s Answer

I do not have experience in Psychology however I would recommend getting your undergraduate degree in that field as well as plan to obtain a Masters degree to make yourself more marketable.
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Jennifer’s Answer

Not only will you need a degree in psychology, but to be accepted into a program, you need to take the GRE test and it is highly recommended you get some research experience in psychology as well, as going to grad school involves being able to research! To understand how you can help people in the field, I would suggest talking to a clinical psychologist and getting their perspective on what the field is like as well. College will definitely give you some time and resources to reflect on whether psychology is the path for you!
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Mauro’s Answer

Getting your B.A in psychology. I believe when you sign up for your masters in Psychology is where you get access to apply for service hours. Those hours are then applied to your program for graduating.
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