I have always liked listening to people tell stories of hard times and celebrations. I have met so many people that were not good at talking but spoke through music or art. It has always made me interested in human behavior. What causes kids to get so depressed to the point of suicide? Or how can a small pill cure a disorder? What helps and what does not? In order to decide if a career in psychology is a profession to pursue, a person must first look at the job description, the training and education, and the employment outlook.
In order to decide if a career in psychology is a profession to pursue, a person must first look at the job responsibilities and working conditions. What it takes to be a good psychologists, is to be understanding with their patients, also to have patience for people with mental or behavioral disorders. Their clients must be able to trust them, especially while being treated in a sensitive situation. Communication skills would be extremely important to have because most of their time would be spent talking or listening to their client. They would also need observational and analytical skills. They must be able to watch people and understand the possible meaning of facial expressions, body positions, actions, interactions, and be able to collect information and draw logical conclusions from it. “Psychology seeks to understand and explain thoughts, emotions, feelings, and behavior. Depending on the topic of study, psychologists use techniques such as observation, assessment, and experimentation to develop theories about beliefs and feelings that influence a person’s actions” (“Psychologists”). There are many different types of psychologists, for example there is, clinical psychologists they study people’s mental and emotional behavior. Developmental psychologists study how we develop from birth through old age. There are social psychologists, industrial- organizational psychologists, consumer psychologists, educational psychologists, experimental psychologists, and chief psychologists. Psychology is both a science and a profession, so the working conditions can differ from the two. Working conditions can also depend largely on the kind of jobs they have. They may have to travel a lot or produce publications, they may work directly with people or be assigned entirely to research. In most fields, they would be working with large groups of people, unless he or she owned their own office, then the time they would work could be less than working with, let us say, adolescent rebellion. Above all, to be a psychologist, one must have a strong desire to help understand themselves and others, as well as they should have a fascination with the human mind (Likoff 167). So in other words, psychologists would have to be really committed to their job and have a passion for it because it would consume most of their time.
In order to decide if a career in psychology is a profession to pursue, a person must look at the courses of study and the years of training. They must earn a physical therapy degree from CAPTE (accredited physical therapist education program) and pass a state licensure exam. Also he or she would have to earn a DPT (Doctor of Physical Therapy) degree, which is 3 years of study for a professional level. After or during this time they will go through a series of classes, like “biology/anatomy, cellular histology, physiology, exercise physiology, biomechanics, kinesiology, neuroscience, pharmacology, pathology, behavioral sciences, communication, ethics/values, management sciences, finance, sociology, clinical reasoning, evidence-based practice, cardiovascular, pulmonary, endocrine & metabolic, and musculoskeletal. Clinical education is twenty percent, and the other eighty is for DPT curriculum comprises in the classroom” (“Physical Therapist (PT) Education Overview”). Freshman that are accepted into the programs can be automatically advance into the professional phase of the PT program. Most programs require a Bachelor’s degree, they should consider a variety of factors when researching DPT education programs. “ For example, program structure and curriculum, types of clinical education and training opportunities, faculty composition and cohesiveness, facilities, licensure pass rates, length of programs, contact students and graduates of the program, interview employers who hire graduates and ask about the programs strengths and weaknesses” (“Physical Therapist (PT) Education Overview”). In clinical psychology programs, for example, students treat clients under the supervision of a licensed psychologist. They should also check the licensing requirements for the state they want to work in. “Typically they would need a doctoral degree in psychology, master’s degree, license or certification. A masters takes 2 to 3 years, he or she could be a school/career counselors or a sociologists. Bachelor’s degree takes about 5 years they could become a special education teacher” (“Psychologists”). So most likely even though the time period is kind of long, it would be worth it in the end.
In order to decide if a career in psychology is a profession to pursue, a person must first look at the salary, improvements and advancements. In 2011, clinical counseling and school psychologists earned an annual salary of $67,880 ($32.64 per hour). Industrial- organizational psychologist’s annual salary of $94,720 ($45.54 hourly) (“Psychologists: Career Information”). Since many areas get government funding this could affect money in an economic downswing. Although salary can be good, there is also advancements included. If they have a bachelors/master’s degree, first step to professional advancement is to complete a doctorate degree. If working for the state they can be promoted to head a section or department. In a school they can become a director of pupil personal services, and industrial can rise to managerial or administrative positions. In 2010, there were 174,000 jobs. There were 154,000 jobs for clinical counseling and school psychologists. There were 2,000 Industrial- organizational psychologists, and 18,000 were employed in the other specializations (“Psychologists: Career Information”). Psychology encourages them to become the best person in the field they can, to always have a goal in order to advance even higher.
In order to decide if a career in psychology is a profession to pursue, a person must first look at the job description, the training and education, and the employment outlook. To conclude after my research, psychology is a career I personally would love to pursue. Psychologists get into their jobs; it is very time consuming, which means this career would have to be something you would really enjoy. I feel like psychology would not ever stop finding out new things, since there is some science to psychology. There is still a lot yet to discover. I find this practice interesting, and after learning some new things, I hope you also will find psychology interesting.