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What are the jobs in the field pf psychology?

I like to help others. I am athletic. I am interested in research #psychology #clinical-psychology #research #career-path

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Samantha’s Answer

There is industrial, forensic, organizational, counseling, clinical, and many more.
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Jazmin’s Answer

Hi Jennifer,

Your question is very similar to another person's that I answered, so this what I said to her:

Great question! When I entered the field of psychology, I had the same question. The more I researched the possibilities, the more I realized that psychologists can work in many different settings -- schools, prisons, military bases, hospitals, VAs, private practice, clinics, the list goes on! I worked in a research clinic for years (I'm still there). I got a lot of training in community mental health where I worked with a lot of families who are low-income. It lit a fire in me to start a private practice because there were issues in the "system" that many families got stuck in and I felt that I could be of more service in private practice. Not to say community mental health professionals do not help because they rock and help a ton! Unfortunately, burn out is a real thing in this field so you have to set a balance for yourself. I have friends who worked in prisons as psychologists, major hospitals, schools, etc. and what's important is for you to know yourself. While in graduate school (which I recommend you doing because a BA in Psychology only gets you so far depending on where you live), I HIGHLY recommend trying to work in different settings because you never know what you might find and like (or dislike). After my years of training, I learned that I LOVED working with ages 0-21. I specialize in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and other neurodevelopmental and mental health conditions. I also learned that I really enjoy doing trauma-informed care with people and I was able to do that with people of all ages. The sky's the limit when it comes to psychology and it can be very exciting but also overwhelming. I put in some optional next steps that me and many others I know have taken and I believe they are quite helpful. :) I hope this helps!

Jazmin recommends the following next steps:

Think about what population you want to work with (e.g., children, families, prisoners, geriatric, veterans, office staff)
Think about if you would rather focus on doing clinical work (therapy and/or evaluations), research, administrative work, teaching, etc.
Do you research and find schools that have a good reputation and will offer you breadth and depth in your education
Talk to people in the field (try to talk to people in different stages of their career -- early professionals, seasoned professionals)
Never be afraid to ask questions and create opportunities for yourself
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