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what are some careers in Psychology?

I want to be a psychologist but I don't know what type. #psychology #college-major #career-counseling #career-choice #career-path #choosing-a-major #university-teaching #user-experience

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Scott D.’s Answer

When most people think of psychology they think of therapeutic counseling. However, there are a lot of careers in this field that do not involve talking to someone who is laying on a couch. There is a lot of that but there is also a whole lot more. Psychologists are also involved in industry and work on issues such as improving worker productivity and some are involved in product design. A good way to get an idea of some of these other areas where psychologists work Google Industrial Organizational Psychology and Human Factors Psychology.


Many of the jobs in this field require a doctorate and that is a big financial and time commitment to get to that level. You can still get a number of jobs with just a bachelors degree but your options are more limited and in all probability you will not be doing one on one therapy. Courts and government social services hire persons with the lower level college degrees who do not have licenses to practice psychology, counseling or social work. If you really think this field is for you, do some research and talk to counselors at your school. Many high schools have school psychologists and if yours does, talk to him or her.

Thank you comment icon thanks for your time and information, it was really helpful. Estefania
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Linda Ann’s Answer

The discipline of Psychology is very diverse. I would recommend exploration of the various sub-disciplines in our field by going to the website of the American Psychological Association: www.apa.org.


Good luck with your exploration!

Thank you comment icon Thank you!! Estefania
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Marjorie A.’s Answer

Hi Estefania,


You have received excellent advice from the previous contributors. During my school counseling years, I encouraged my students to use the Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics. In the early years, it was only available in print; however, now, you can access it online.


Visit https://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/psychologists.htm


You will see an abbreviated description of the content areas; however, if you put your cursor on the category and click, each will open to a detailed summary which should be helpful.


Good luck!!

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Ellie’s Answer

Psychology focuses on understanding the human experience. What you do with that understanding is where career choices vary. Typical psychology careers including counseling, therapy, psychiatry, social work. But design research or user experience research is also a career path that employs psychology and understanding of the human experience.

Design research/user experience research involves speaking with people, usually customers/users of a product or people who would be potential customers/users, and understanding their life and their needs, pains, challenges, and goals in a specific area. You then use this understanding to shape an approach to how your product/user experience can best meet these needs and help people.

This is a different use of the psychology field, but one that uses the understanding of the human experience! Here is an interesting article that helps understand the role psychology plays in design/design research. https://uxplanet.org/psychology-in-design-principles-helping-to-understand-users-10bcf122f4b0
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