Psychology Today: Subfields of Psychology Defined
Learn about the different subfields in psychology.
There are several subfields of psychology to consider when working toward your degree, so be sure to do your research before you enroll in any psychology degree program. Most of all, it's important to know where your interests lie in the broad spectrum of possible psychology specialties so you can make an informed decision.
We've created a list that describes what workers in each of these subfields in psychology do in order to help you streamline your studies toward a specific psychology specialty and ensure that you'll be on the right path toward a successful psychology career.
Research Subfields in Psychology
Cognitive and Perceptual Psychology
Counseling psychologists use various techniques, including interviewing and testing, to advise people on how to deal with problems of everyday living. They work in settings such as university counseling centers, hospitals, and individual or group practices. In most states, people with master’s degrees cannot have their own private practice. (MA, PsyD or PhD)
Experimental / Research Psychology
Industrial / Organizational Psychology
Industrial / Organizational psychologists apply psychological principles and research methods to the workplace in the interest of improving productivity and the quality of work-life. (MA or PhD)
Social / Personality Psychology
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