Career Options for Psych Majors with a Doctorate By: Dan Bocchino Will Laible Will Laible.
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Career Options for Psych Majors with a Doctorate By: Dan Bocchino Will Laible Will Laible
Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy) Most prestigious Awarded in many fields Primarily for a field in research Flexible degree Trains people for: Research, Teaching, Writing, and Clinical Practice
PsyD (Doctor of Psychology) Considered a professional degree Prepares graduate to be a consumer of research Based on practical and applied work Geared towards clinical practitioners
EdD (Doctor of Education) Offered in the Department of Education Offers less training in the principles of Psychology Psychologists view the EdD as inferior. Viewed as equal to the PhD. in Administrative positions.
Clinical Psychology Asses and treat mental and emotional disorders Promote Psychological well-being Can treat specific problems such as phobias and clinical depression Consult physicians on physical problems that have underlying psychological causes Down Syndrome Autism Work in hospitals, health centers, community health teams, child and adolescent health services
Counseling Psychology Similar to Clinical Psychology Focuses more on persons with adjustment problems Help people use their strengths to cope with their problems Focus on how problems and people differ across life stages Employed in academic settings (college campuses), counseling centers, hospitals, and buisnesses.
Forensic Psychology Apply psychological principles to legal issues Many are trained in both psychology (PhD) and law (JD) May work in correctional facilities, serve as consultants to trial lawyers, serve as expert witnesses at trials
Health Psychology Specialize in how biological, psychological, and social factors affect health and wellness Focus on the promotion of maintaining good health Conduct programs to help individuals lose weight, manage stress, stop smoking and stay physically fit. Employed in hospitals, medical schools, rehabilitation centers, public health agencies, academic settings or private practice
I/O Psychology Apply psychological principles and research methods to the work place, in the interest of improving productivity and the quality of work life. Many serve as human resource specialists: help organizations with staffing, training, and employee development. Can work as management consultants in areas such as strategic planning, quality management, and coping with organizational change. Employed also in government and academic settings
Teaching and Research Work in a university setting Will likely focus on both teaching and conducting research Can work for government agencies Can get job with masters, but you are less likely
References http://www.psywww.com/careers/masters.htm http://www.psywww.com/careers/masters.htm http://www.psywww.com/careers/masters.htm Kuther, T. (2003). The Psychology Major’s Handbook. Thomson & Wadsworth http://www.apa.org http://www.apa.org