people think of a psychologist, they typically think of
either the doctoral level therapist doing therapy in a
plush office or the mad university scientist placing
electrodes in the brains of unsuspecting lab rats.
While this is certainly a possibility, it is only a
small percentage of what psychologists do.
are involved in a large number of very dichotomous
career paths, although therapy and education are the two
largest. The following is a summary of the
industries you can choose with education in
psychology. Typically a doctorate is required, but
for some career paths, a Master's degree will suffice.
typically work in a hospital, community center, or
private practice and spend a good portion of their day
doing therapy with clients. They typically have a doctoral
degree in either clinical or counseling psychology and
have studied psychopathology and treatment methods a
great deal in their education. This group accounts
for about 40 to 45 percent of all psychologists.
much as 40% of all psychologists spend their primary
employment working in some type of educational
environment. Some teach courses in psychology,
some do research and supervise research projects,
theses, and dissertations of students, and others do
research on their own, working in laboratories or in the
environment. Many educators combine all of these,
especially at large universities.
Psychologists receive special training in business and
organizational issues. They may be employed by a
large organization or by a consulting firm specializing
in human factors in the workplace. Their job
varies depending on the type of business and the needs
of the company, but often revolves around studying the
interviewing, hiring, training, and promoting of
employees, evaluating communication within and between
groups, and assisting upper management with decisions
related to employees and employee policy.
this is a growing specialization in psychology, it only
accounts for about 5% of all psychologists.
psychologists blend their interest in sports with their
knowledge of human behavior and motivation.
Professionals in this field will often work with a
particular sport or maybe even a specific team in
studying and helping to improve such things as poor
motivation, anxiety and fears, and competition
newest field to realize the benefits of psychology is
Technology, Computers, and the Internet.
Psychologists are getting more involved in technology
through what's called human factors analysis. In
other words, they study how technology impacts us as
humans and how technology can better enhance our lives.
numbers just never add up no matter how we try to break
down what psychologists do. That's because many
psychologists do a lot of different things. Some
may have a private practice part time and teach part
time, others may do research in the summers and hold a
teaching position the rest of the year. Still
others use their training and experience in psychology
in a hundred other professions. Any field that
uses humans could conceivably use a psychologist, after
all, that's what we specialize in, the study the
cognitions, emotions and behaviors of humans.