Career Opportunities in Psychology
The work of an individual psychologist is determined by the area he/she emphasizes in his/her preparation, his/her level of education, the setting in which he/she works, and the specific demands placed upon him/her. Among the many career choices in psychology are:
Clinical Psychology - assessment and treatment of persons with emotional or adjustment problems.
Consumer Psychology - involved with the psychological factors that determine an individual's behavior as a consumer.
Counseling Psychology - helps people make normal adjustments and cope with important problems of everyday living.
Developmental Psychology - deals with the development of the organism.
Engineering Psychology - concerned with the development and improvement of man/machine systems.
Environmental Psychology - studies the effects of the physical environment on behavior, feelings, and health.
Experimental Psychology - studies basic psychological processes such as perception, motivation, and cognition.
Forensic Psychology - involves the study and application of psychological principles and research in legal settings, including criminal investigations, trials, and corrections.
Health Psychology - studies the relationship between an individual's behavior and physical health and illness.
Industrial/Organizational Psychology - focuses on the problems that people encounter at work.
Physiological Psychology - probes the relationship between behavior and the biological and physiological processes of the body.
Psychometrics - deals with the development and application of testing procedures, such as psychological evaluations.
School Psychology - concerned with increasing the effectiveness of educational institutions.
Social Psychology - concerned with human interaction in the social environment.
Sports Psychology - performs a broad variety of services in academic and athletic settings such as assessment, development, and intervention.
For more information, write to the American Psychological Association and request a free copy of the booklet "Careers in Psychology" at the following address:
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20002-4242