Psychology Education and Careers

Psychology Education and Careers

Psychology is the science of the mind and human behavior. Slightly over half of all psychologists are involved in psychology as a helping profession, supporting people as they face life’s challenges. But psychologists also do research, teach, or work in the legal system, business and industry.

There are over 100,000 licensed psychologists in the U.S. according to the American Psychological Association, and they work in a number of different specialties depending on their interests and aptitudes, and the populations they serve.

Choose Your Field of Psychology

The study of psychology teaches us about human behavior and helps us understand what makes people tick. It requires insight, a passion for learning, and a desire to apply that knowledge to help others.

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Organizational psychology helps companies understand and improve the well-being and productivity of their employees. Common issues include job stress, employee attitudes and behavior, and supervisory practices.

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School psychologists meet with kids in schools across the country. They give assessments and recommend actions to improve students’ behavior and learning so that everyone can get as much out of school as they can.

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About half of all graduate degrees in psychology are granted in clinical and counseling psychology. And many psychology students applying to master’s degrees, PhDs and PsyDs want to do clinical work after they graduate.

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Mental health counselors are often the first professionals to help people in need of emotional and psychological support. They help people make healthy decisions about themselves, their relationships and their futures.

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Forensic psychologists apply their psychological knowledge to legal matters, in both civil and criminal courtrooms. They test competency to stand trial, work on jury selection, child custody, insurance claims, and more.

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Dr. Melanie Roudkovski

“I love counseling and helping people—watching them grow and realizing their potential in their relationships and within themselves.”

Dr. Melanie Roudkovski, Ph.D., LPC, Associate Professor of Psychology
LeTourneau University, Longview, TX

Choose Your Degree Level

Associate of Arts

An AA with a concentration in psychology is your entry into higher education. Do your first two years of college, often at a lower cost to you.

Bachelor’s Degree

Psychology is the second most popular major at colleges across the country. There are over 100,000 undergraduate psychology degrees granted every year.

Master’s Degree

Further deepen your knowledge of human behavior, study new and emerging theories, and do your own research in the field of psychology.

PhD PsyD

A doctoral degree in psychology from an APA-accredited school is the highest level of studies and is required to become a licensed psychologist.

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