With a general psychology degree, students can get involved in counseling and therapy, research, teaching, and clinical work. Psychology students are also able to help in forensic investigations, theological departments, schools, sports teams, and more. There are both typical and unusual jobs in this field. Some psychology jobs require licensing, depending on the state, and in order to pass the required exams, students may want to take advantage of specialized classes in areas that most interest them. Job settings typically include private practices, schools, offices, hospitals, community centers, and businesses.
To become a psychologist, requirements vary significantly by state. Successful students typically complete the following steps:
Professionals in the field should consider membership with the Society of General Psychology, Division One of the American Psychological Association (APA). Membership benefits include access to the newsletter and quarterly journal, discounts on books, APA programs and presentations, and networking opportunities with people of among all of psychology’s subfields. There are memberships at the professional, student, student affiliate of APA, and APA member levels.
This degree has wide application in the field of counseling, and may be followed with a doctoral degree in some specialized field. A general psychology professional is typically responsible for the following job duties:
Annual salary varies within the profession based on specific type of job, location, and experience. For more on your earning potential in the field of general psychology, please visit our salary outlook for counselors page.
The following degrees are specializations in a master’s degree program in psychology, allowing you to pursue various careers in this field:
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