Professor Gretchen Brandhorst
April 27, 2015
Exploring Psychology Careers
Every time you interact with a person, this means you will be using psychology.Psychology is the study of mind and behavior. It is an academic discipline and an applied science which seeks to understand individuals and groups by establishing general principles and researching specific cases. Psychology is used in everything, it is used in sales, advertising, managing, statistics, relationships, design, health/psychological health, critical thinking etc.
Psychology is beneficial in many ways. Psychology improves communication skills. When we study how people engage in conversation, we ...view middle of the document...
Areas of specialization in psychology(2013) explains that clinical psychologists focus on issues I learned in my abnormal psychology course. We learned about eating disorders and dissociative disorders, psychoneuroimmunology, assessment and treatment of couples, psychological assessment and test development, the interaction between reproductive and mental health, and cross-cultural aspects of theories and treatment of substance abuse and eating disorders. They can act as therapists for those who experience common mental crises such as grief or for individuals who suffer from chronic psychiatric disorders. Some clinical psychologists don't stick to one focus but also work with a broad assortment of populations. Then there are others who prefer to work with specific groups such as different age bracket or those with specific disorders. (Lloyd & Dewey, 1997). They are trained in universities or professional schools of psychology, Clinical Psychologist Career Information, Jobs, Degrees & Training Programs (2002). They may be found working in Government agencies, veteran's and military hospitals, drug rehabilitation and correctional facilities, elementary and secondary schools, college and universities, hospitals and medical clinics, mental health hospitals and community centers, or Group and private practices. As per the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition,
“clinical psychologists, categorized under the clinical, counseling, and school psychology job sector, earned a median wage of $74,030. For clinical psychologists working in the offices of other health practitioners, that median wage rises to $81,480. But salaries rise even higher as individuals in this field earn more credentials, experience, and certifications. The highest 10% of clinical psychology professionals earn more than $113,640, according to the BLS. These individuals are licensed in their respective states - a requirement for all who want to work as clinical psychologists -and many have achieved additional certification in areas such as psychoanalysis, rehabilitation, forensic, group, school, clinical health, and couple and family psychology. The middle 50% of all clinical, counseling, and school psychology professionals earn between $51,980 and $89,830.”
According to Areas of Specialization in Psychology (2013), developmental psychologists focus on social, cognitive, and physiological development during any the four life stages: infancy, childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. They also work with patients that struggle with developmental limitations. Some developmental psychologists work solely with elderly individuals...