A Career As A Psychologist
Career Goal- Psychologist
Psychologists counsel people who have life or emotional problems. They also study human behavior and mental processes.
The three types of psychologists are:
Counseling, Research, and Applied.
Research psychologists talk to peers, attend seminars, and read professional journals.
Counseling and clinical psychologists help people solve life and mental health problems.
Applied psychologists apply psychological theories and research to real life situations. They work in health and human services, management, and education.
Career Working Conditions
May work physically near patients. Always work indoors in hospitals, schools, industries, counseling centers, and other settings. Often work as part of a medical team. They are sometimes in conflict situations when people are upset or angry. Sometimes deal with angry or rude people who may not agree with suggested changes. May work full time or part time. Also may work days, evenings, or weekends to meet deadlines or accommodate clients. Have a high level of job-required social interaction. They work closely with clients.
Career Wages and Outlook
Wages vary by employer and area of the country. The psychologist's experience and reputation also affect wages.
Salaried psychologists who work full time usually receive benefits such as paid vacation, sick leave, and health insurance. Self-employed psychologists must provide their own insurance.
Hourly Wages: $32.58
Salary Wages: $67,760
Career Related Occupations
- Marriage and Family Therapists
- Genetic Counselors
Program of Study- Counseling Psychology
Counseling psychology programs teach people how to counsel clients experiencing psychological problems or distress. Students learn to work with groups, families, and individuals.
Counseling psychology programs include topics such as:
- Counseling theory
- Behavioral theories
- Therapeutic intervention strategies
- Testing and assessment methods
You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.
Some helpful high school courses are:
- English Composition
- Probability and Statistics
- Public Speaking
Program Typical Course Work
Graduate programs usually include several practicums, which are supervised experiences of real work in this field. At first, you may merely follow a professional around and observe what that person does. Later, you take on more real tasks, including research.
A one-year internship is a standard part of the doctoral degree program.
A bachelor's degree program in psychology typically requires the following core courses:
- Counseling Psychology Practicum
- English Composition
- Experimental Psychology
- Introduction to Statistical Methods
- Introductory Psychology
In addition, you usually must choose several (but certainly not all) of the following subjects:
- Abnormal Psychology
- Adolescent Psychology
- Child Psychology
- Experimental Design
- History and Systems of Psychology
- Internship in Mental Health
- Memory and Cognition
- Organizational Psychology
- Physiological Psychology
- Psychological Tests and Measurement.
- Psychology of Adulthood and Aging
- Psychology of Learning
- Psychology of Sex and Gender
- Social Psychology
- Theories of Personality
- Marriage and Family Counseling
- School Psychology
- Social Work
Schools That Offer My Program Of Study
Bemidji State University
Minnesota State University, Moorhead
University of Wisconsin, Stout
College Choice -University of Wisconsin- Stout
Size and Location: 8,180 undergraduate students and it is located in Menomonie, Wisconsin.
- Admissions Requirements:
- Application fee of $44
- High school GPA 2.5, recommended, but not required
- High school transcript or GED certificate required for all students
- College Expenses:
- In-state tuition $7,014
- Out-of-state tuition $14,760
- Fees $1,954
- Books and supplies $390
- Room and board (live on campus)*$6,234
- Board and transportation (live with parents)$3,568
- Financial Aid:
- Need-based scholarships and grants
- Federal Pell Grants
- Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
- Privately-sponsored scholarships and grants
- School-sponsored scholarships and grants
- State-sponsored scholarships and grants
- Merit-based scholarships and grants
- School-sponsored scholarships in academics
- School-sponsored scholarships in art
- School-sponsored scholarships in special achievements
- School-sponsored scholarships for special characteristics
- Housing: Housing availability for first year students is guaranteed
- Activities: Located in the Sports & Fitness Center, University Recreation includes the following facilities:
- 2 fitness centers (one in the Sports & Fitness Center and one in North Point Dining & Fitness Center)
- 2 climbing walls
- A challenge course, featuring both high and low elements
- A 6-lane swimming pool
- Indoor and outdoor running tracks
- A multi-purpose gym that can be set up for 4 basketball courts, 6 tennis courts, and 6 volleyball courts
- A hard-wood floor gym, utilized for group fitness classes and informal recreation
- 3 racquetball courts
- An indoor golf room with a putting green and 3 hitting areas
- An outdoor multi-purpose field
1. Briefly record your thoughts and feelings about the workplace and the person you just visited.
He was very helpful and explained each question his answer very deeply and in depth.
2. What did you learn in the interview?
I learned that working hours can be more fexible and that you don't always have to strictly follow the schedule. Also that there is always jobs ready for people in this career field wherever you go.
3. What did you like? What didn't you like?
I liked that he was very passionate about his work and I didn't like the limitations to help people sometimes because of conflict with a patients family,teachers, and school systems.
4. Did you uncover concerns and advantages to this occupation?
The advantages are summers off and somewhat flexible work hours. Concerns were that sometimes you can't help everyone who needs it because of funding.
5. What advice did you receive?
The advice I got was it's the best job out there and it's worth it to make only a little bit in the beginning and working your way up to more pay.
6. Did you discover any other occupation to explore?
7. How was the work environment?
It was okay because it was at school.
8. Do you think you would be happy in this occupation?
Yes I think I would be very happy in this occupation.
Plans To Reach Your Goal
- Research information about the career field
- Talk to more people who are in this profession
- Look at colleges who offer this program of study
- Take classes that could benefit me in choosing this career.