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What are some things I should know/look out for if I decide to become a psychologist?

I am a Junior in high school and am considering becoming a psychologist to help others. Are there any tips or things I need to know before going into this field? #high-school #psychology

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David’s Answer

If you're thinking about being a Psychologist you should know that there are many different fields and specialties in psychology, so you would want to familiarize yourself with these before choosing. Some examples are Clinical, Counseling, Forensic, Neuro, Industrial/Organizational, and research.

You should also know that in most areas you will need a PhD or PsyD (doctoral degree) in order to to get a license to practice, although there are also many options with a Master's degree, with some limitations on what you can and can't do.

If you feel drawn to the field, I think that you may find it to be a rewarding and interesting profession.

David recommends the following next steps:

One step would be to explore the licensing laws in your area if you are looking into clinical or counseling psychology.

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Jennifer’s Answer

Hi Edwin,
Adding on to what David said, if your high school offers either AP Psychology or AP Statistics, I highly recommend taking both to get a sense of what you'll be doing in college/grad school. Along with psychology, you'll have to familiarize yourself with statistics because much of research is being able to use statistics.