Select Your Area of Interest
The study of the mind and human behavior, psychology is our attempt to understand people and their motivations so that we can help them overcome problems and lead happier, more satisfying lives. There are many sub-fields to choose from, including clinical, forensic, and school psychology, and you’ll decide which one is best for you during your studies. If you’ve ever thought about entering a career to help others understand what makes them tick and change destructive thinking patterns and behavior, psychology might be the career for you.
Sometimes, having an objective listener can make all the difference. That’s what counselors and therapists do: they listen to people’s concerns, suggest ways to deal with life’s stresses, and help people realize their goals. Counselors and therapists have many specialties to choose from. Marriage and family therapy, substance abuse counseling, and mental health counseling are three of the most popular fields. But whatever field you choose, respect, compassion and a real desire to help are the most important characteristics you can have if you want to succeed.
Social workers help people develop their problem-solving and coping skills, help them find the resources they need, facilitate interactions between people and assistance programs, and influence social policies. The missionary spirit drives social workers across the country, and this is surely one of the noblest professions. Whether you want to help people find their way out of poverty, help them with family or substance abuse issues, or in a variety of other areas, there are many techniques you’ll learn in school to achieve your goals.
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.
Psychology is the second most popular major at colleges across the country. There are over 100,000 undergraduate psychology degrees granted every year.
Further deepen your knowledge of human behavior, study new and emerging theories, and do your own research in the field of psychology.
PhD and 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.
Get Into Grad School
There are many options to consider and routes you can take to earn a master’s or doctorate degree in psychology. You’ll need to figure out the path you want your career to take, determine what you want in a program, how long you’re willing to go to school, and meet the admissions requirements of your top-choice schools. From prepping for the GRE to making sure your school is accredited, we’re here to help you get the information you need to make the most of your experience.
“I’m almost 3 years into a 6-year program, and I haven’t even noticed the time passing. The payoff is that I’m going to be able to do what I want for the rest of my life—helping people.“
Deborah Kerr, PhD student in clinical psychology
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