Psychology is the study of human behavior, animal behavior, and their mental functions. It is considered a science, philosophy and art by those employed in the field of psychology. The main goal of psychology is to describe, explain, predict, and control behavior and mental processes. Successful psychology majors become critical thinkers, analytical, gain skills at evaluating information; they develop writing skills and high level research skills.
When deciding to major in psychology it is important to understand the many sub fields and specializations in psychology since it’s such a broad major. These areas of psychology include statistics, organization/industrial, clinical, neuroscience, cognitive, behavioral, social, developmental, and educational. There are many career options for an undergraduate psychology major to pursue.
Before you fully decide to become a psychology major you need to decide if it truly is an area you want to devote time into. If you enjoy helping individuals going through personal problems, listening to them, interviewing/testing, enjoy analyzing and collecting data, being social, creative, learning about human and animal behavior then psychology is a career path for you!
You may be in high school or just starting college as freshmen (first year) or sophomore (second year). Take an introductory class for psychology or take it in high school. It would also help to request information from universities providing psychology as bachelors, masters, ph.d. Its never too early to start your future.
If you are unsure what direction you should take career wise then understand that choosing a major can be difficult at times. Know that your goal is to do something you are interested, enjoy doing, and providing value. Your career decisions should make you feel motivated and satisfied otherwise their just stress for a salary.
If psychology is interesting but not worthy as a major than you can also minor in it. You also have the option to double major. What’s important is figuring out a path of classes to take to further your progress at a bachelors degree. To gain more information on narrowing your choice talk to individuals that work the field you are interested in, school advisers, individuals already in college/university, and internet resources such as a university website or keep reading this website.
After graduating from a degree in Psychology, most fresh graduates are having a hard time finding a job that really suits them. According to surveys, many fresh graduates had the wrong idea that becoming a psychology major would just be their stepping stone towards higher education like having a Ph.D.
Most fresh graduates do not realize that there are many choices of careers from having a bachelor’s degree to as high as having a doctorate degree in psychology. Having a psychology degree provides a lot of job opportunities. A lot of them are listed below.
- Substance abuse counselor
- Psychiatric technician
- Human resource personnel
- Marriage and family therapist
- Masters in clinical psychology
- Experimental psychologists
- Forensic psychologists
- Forensic psychologists
- I-O psychologists
- School counselors
- Educational psychologists
- Psych Clinical psychologist