ADVANCE YOUR PSYCHOLOGY CAREER
Take your career to the next level with a Degree in Psychology
Looking for a rewarding job in a growth industry with lots of different career options? The field of psychology is growing rapidly. Many new psychology careers are available in traditional venues like clinics, schools and marketing firms.
Most of today’s psychology positions require you to have at least a master’s degree. If you are looking to advance your education, from the bachelor’s to master’s and above, we provide information and resources.
Most employers look for psychologists who are highly qualified with education, experience or both. Psychologists must keep up with their certifications, and we provide state-by-state guidelines on CE requirements.
The Role of a Psychologist
Psychologists are crucial members of many organizations. They work in a variety of settings, observing, interpreting and recording how people relate to one another. They may work with sports teams, families, children, or businesspeople. They have to deal with sensitive topics and information, and they are required to have licensure and education that is higher than some other professions.
As a psychologist, you might work in a healthcare setting as part of a crisis team, or you may be a researcher at a college or university. Either way, your contributions to the study of human behavior and interactions are a crucial part of human development.
Choose a degree program
What type of program fits your life? While you do need a graduate degree to work in psychology, that doesn’t mean that your bachelor’s degree has to be in that field, but you will be required to have about 18 hours of credits in the field before you get your master’s.
Complete clinical requirements
Most psychology programs have some sort of hands-on portion to their program – the part where you get real-life training in a supervised setting by a licensed psychologist. With online programs, you can find programs that partner with local organizations to get you internships and practicums in a real setting.
Take EPPP exam
There is an Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP), which you must take for licensure in any state that is a member of ASPPB. The exam is 225 questions and most states require a pass rate of 70 percent.
Earn additional certifications
Do you want to specialize as a psychologist? If so, the sky is the limit. There are a number of certifications you can earn to enhance your career, from a Board-Certified Psychologist to forensics and hypnosis. There is always more to learn and more you can do to improve your career, make yourself more marketable, and learn more.
Most states require a minimum number of continuing education (CE) hours every couple of years for license renewal. You can often pick what you want to take for renewal, but some courses, like state laws, are required.
Join professional organizations
Psychology professionals are collaborators who make an impact in whatever industry they work in. There are many organizations to be a part of to network, join boards, work on legislation, share best practices and more.
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The Changing World of Psychology
More technology, more focus on whole-patient health, equity and data are all trends to watch
Today’s psychologists have a much different landscape to deal with than in year’s past. We already know that technology plays a much bigger role in patient care, from record keeping to how sessions are held. The APA released a report in 2019, highlighted more trends we can look out for, such as using more Big Data to make decisions and analysis, equity in how patients are treated and a strong focus on nutrition as a part of patient care.
Psychology and Related Fields
There are a lot of subspecialties within the field of psychology, and there are also other related career paths that you can embark on if helping others is something you are interested in. Psychologists often work with counselors and social workers, and these related fields use a lot of the same principles as the field of psychology.