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Kendra Cherry

6 Psychology Careers You Should Consider

By July 14, 2008

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If you've ever thought about a career in a psychology-related field, then you've probably realized that there are a LOT of different career options within psychology. Of course, each area of employment has unique educational and training requirements, which means that it is important to start thinking about your future today. A good place to start is to spend some time exploring a few of the many career specialty areas within psychology. Check out the following psychology career profiles to learn more about some of the most popular career options.

1. Clinical Psychology

Do you like helping people? Then a career in clinical psychology might be something to consider. Clinical psychologists work in numerous settings to assess, diagnose, treat and prevent mental disorders. As the largest subfield within psychology, this career also offers a number of sub-specialty areas including substance abuse treatment, child mental health and health psychology.

2. Forensic Psychology

Forensic psychology involves applying psychology to the field of criminal investigation and the law. Forensic psychologists typically have a Ph.D. in clinical or counseling psychology and may work in various settings, including family courts, drug courts, criminal courts and private consulting. Learn more about training, typical salaries, benefits and downsides in this profile of careers in forensic psychology.

3. School Psychology

If you have an interest in child development and education, you might want to consider a career in school psychology. School psychologists work within the educational system to help children with emotional, social and academic issues. The goal of school psychology is to collaborate with parents, teachers and students to promote a healthy learning environment that focuses on the needs of children.

4. Industrial-Organizational Psychology

Industrial-organizational psychology focuses on workplace behavior and is one of the fastest growing specialty areas in psychology. I-O psychologists perform a variety of functions, including hiring qualified employees, conducting tests, designing products, creating training courses and performing research on different aspects of the workplace.

5. Cognitive Psychology

Cognitive psychologists study internal mental processes such as attention, memory and problem solving. While many cognitive psychologists work at colleges and universities as teachers and researchers, many others find employment in a number of different areas. Cognitive psychologists often work as human factors consultants, industrial organizational managers, and other related positions.

6. Sports Psychology

According to Division 47 of the American Psychological Association, sports psychology is "the scientific study of the psychological factors that are associated with participation and performance in sport, exercise, and other types of physical activity." Learn more about the job duties, earnings and training of sports psychologists in this profile.

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Comments

July 22, 2008 at 10:04 pm
(1) redrose says:

very useful.i am seeking a psychology-related job.

September 23, 2008 at 10:00 pm
(2) Suzy says:

I just found an occupation that I think I’d be
good at, and above all things, would like a lot. This is “Forensic Psychology.” I took a few courses of Psychology in college, but of
course not enough to get my degree, or any degree at all. Another career option that I like is “Criminal Justice.” I just didn’t know
how I could put Criminal Justice together with Psychology. When I saw Forensic Psychologist, it really piqued my interest! Something to think about. My zodiac sign is Scorpio and statistics say that approx 7 out of 10 plain clothes police are Scorpions!

October 11, 2008 at 4:12 pm
(3) lisa says:

very informative

January 7, 2009 at 1:13 pm
(4) kevin says:

but other then that i think that this page was very helpful…..thx

March 27, 2009 at 3:42 am
(5) khanya says:

im a 1st yr psch student and not sure yet as 2 which i should branch off 2 next yr

March 30, 2009 at 4:00 am
(6) George says:

Hey Khanya,
Its normal to be uncertain as to what branch to pursue. Just consider your interests and abilities and your good to go!

December 29, 2009 at 1:03 pm
(7) abigail says:

i was really confused on how to call or express what i wanted to do but this has left me with enough clarifications as i now know that i want to do:clinical psychology

January 11, 2010 at 10:40 pm
(8) Tasha says:

this answered my questions right away i love helping ppl but i need to work on some of those good communication skills

February 17, 2010 at 7:40 pm
(9) Karen says:

i’ve always had an intrest in Psycology even as a little girl. I’m only16 but i know i need to start looking at my options. the one that seems to get my attention i school Pychology but my mother says thats that she thinks i don’t even understand myself enough to be a Psychitrist.

February 25, 2010 at 1:48 am
(10) Miss O says:

what about developmental psychology ??

April 29, 2010 at 5:15 pm
(11) Tiffany says:

what about wanting to counsel people on how to make themselves better before entering a relationship or those having trouble finding and keeping a good mate due to their “insecurities”? i want to help people to learn to find and love themselves before loving someone else. So, what category would that fall under??? hahaha

June 2, 2010 at 2:16 pm
(12) carter says:

i want to be a flight-attendant.can psychology help?

August 5, 2010 at 8:08 am
(13) snehal says:

Gr8!!!!!! many of my question r solved regarding my career in psychology. really very useful. i appreciate it.Thanks alot

December 25, 2010 at 3:11 am
(14) Lopamudra says:

I am a first year psychology student. Having my course in a university of Bangladesh at undergraduate level. Here,most of the people don’t know about the fields of psychology. I was also living in a bit ignorance. Thanx!i have got helpful informations! I think it will be very helpful for me..

February 9, 2011 at 1:09 am
(15) -SaMmY gONzAlEs- says:

i think its quite informative too.. actually my career ideas is as a doctor.. can psychology helps?

March 14, 2011 at 10:16 am
(16) nikkiyoung says:

USEFUL !!!!!!

April 5, 2011 at 4:36 am
(17) lovender says:

loved the information

December 15, 2011 at 6:02 pm
(18) Issabelle says:

As a recent psychology graduate with a first class honours degree, i have found it extremely difficult to find many employment oppurtunites. If you are thinking about entering psychology, i can’t emphasise it enough how important it is to research the course and make sure you are well aware that it requires an extremely long amount of time in education (5 years+) and be sure of the career path (clinical, forensic, hegalth etc) you wish to enter Before you apply to University. Good Luck :)

January 17, 2012 at 12:16 pm
(19) Joanna says:

ok im 13 years old and i have a strong intrest in psycology but where do i go from here??x

February 28, 2012 at 1:17 am
(20) Lebohang says:

I found da info very helpful and thanx 4 making me undastnd.will it be the same good experience if i study psychology partime,will i find it interesting?

March 15, 2012 at 3:53 am
(21) Puja says:

Hello everyone!
i am a masters in psychology ( gold medalist-university topper), specialization being health psychology and counselling. I am currently doing my PhD in dyslexia. I am looking forward to work as a psychologist / counselor in and around delhi, but i am confused as to which field in them should i opt for?! I would really appreciate any suggestions regarding this.

August 24, 2012 at 6:56 pm
(22) Hareem says:

I have been interested in psychology probably most of my life where I was actually aware of careers. The lack of jobs turned me off so instead I became interested in Business. Pretty much all business courses require functions and calculus and math is a weakness of mine.
I slow came back into the whole psychology aspect and today decided to look into different careers.
Through this site, I have discovered I-O psychologist which is a mix between psychology and business.
My only issue is I dont find myself an intelligent student. I am average and not much of a hardworker (dont worry, I am working on it haha)
I was wondering whether it requires a lot of analytical thinking
I feel like my lack of “intelligence” stops me from doing anything…

August 21, 2013 at 8:57 pm
(23) Ortolansings says:

Your commenting to begin with is a sign of not being stupid.

January 30, 2014 at 8:54 am
(24) Rato says:

Wow ! I find this very helpful & it has given me an insight of a life-time. I am a qualified pharmacist of 12 yrs and yes after 12 yrs of being a pharmacist I do not get the fulfilment I need. I have a passion for people & problem solving. I am even a counsellor at my church, this is how much it shows the interest I always had in pyschology. I just never got the guts to have a change in my career. However, I have decided this year that I am starting my career in pyschology part-time and I am going to finish it yeah ! Wish me luck :)

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