All About Psych Careers

In a sense, every career is a psychology career. Whether you're a salesman, a schoolteacher, or a sports coach, to be effective—and especially to advance in your career—you often need a fine-tuned understanding of what motivates people. 

Psychology itself is hardly a monolithic field. Careers that require formal training in psychology are incredibly varied: Providing clinical psychotherapy is very different from conducting research in a laboratory. People who work in psychology-related fields may be trained as psychologists, social workers, school counselors, researchers, or medical doctors. 

Recent Posts on Psych Careers

5 Steps To Choosing Torture: Psychologists Breaking Bad

If you think the leaders in the American Psychological Association would interpret "Do no harm" broadly enough to mean: "Do not torture people," you are wrong.

The Meaning of the APA's Dealing With the Torture Scandal

After years of deception, and opposing strong and clear dissent from within its very ranks, the APA finds itself in a particularly awkward position. What does a professional organization which has lost its moral compass do when the news breaks? What does its reaction to the current controversy tell us about the APA’s organizational character?

5 Positive Lessons from Negative Comments

The media have been going wild this week covering Donald Trump's extreme and negative comments, focusing on how negative the comments were. My advice: Look at the substance of Trump's remarks--see what you can learn from them! Today I'm going to follow my own advice--not with Trump's comments, but with some negative comments I've received.

Deals, Divorce, Direction: Off-Label Uses for Psychoanalysis

By Wednesday Martin Ph.D. on July 16, 2015 in Stepmonster
The future of psychoanalysis and talk therapy might look like this....

Some Advice for First-Time College Students and Parents

By Dana S Dunn Ph.D. on July 13, 2015 in Head of the Class
It's normal for first time college students and their parents to be a little jittery about this exciting transition and there are things to think about and to do that can make it a good one.

Psychology Can Explain Why Psychologists Failed Their Ethics

By David J Ley Ph.D. on July 11, 2015 in Women Who Stray
It is the theories, research and findings of psychology itself, which can help us to both understand, and heal the wounds created by the ethical failings of the American Psychological Association's role in torture.

Training Reinvented

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 05, 2015 in How To Do Life
A radically different approach to training mental health professionals.

The Sexism in Science Controversies

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on July 02, 2015 in Rabble Rouser
Are scientific claims of sexism in science overstated?

10 Best Career Advice Websites

By Brad Waters on July 01, 2015 in Design Your Path
Need career advice? Here are 10 of my favorite career websites for 2015.

Conceptual Chicks & Experiential Eggs: Teaching Philosophies

Last spring I helped design a training program for aspiring college teachers. I had great fun being on the small planning committee; our disagreements were especially enlightening. My favorite disagreement was about whether we should have our students develop and write their teaching philosophy.

When to Sue Your Psychiatrist for Malpractice

By Ruth Lee Johnson J.D. on June 24, 2015 in So Sue Me
Many cases of psychiatric malpractice are never reported because the victims are already emotionally unstable. What exactly does it mean for a psychiatrist to commit malpractice?

Social Media in a Successful Psychotherapy Practice

By Kristi Pikiewicz PhD on June 24, 2015 in Meaningful You
Learning how to navigate the new terrain of social media in a professional manner is integral to the success of a psychotherapy practice.

23 Mental Health Professionals Interviewed About Their Jobs

By Brad Waters on June 24, 2015 in Design Your Path
Going behind the scenes with 23 mental health professionals to gain insight into the pros and cons of the industry.

Preparing to Serve

All sub-disciplines of psychology are represented in the general field of military psychology. Thus, the field offers opportunities for psychologists with interest in clinical practice, teaching, basic and applied research, and consulting.

Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Teaching Psychology

By Dana S Dunn Ph.D. on June 22, 2015 in Head of the Class
Fewer students enjoy reading for reading's sake—we need to integrate literary fiction and good non-fiction into the classroom. Doing so can bring psychological ideas alive but also help students appreciate reading for pleasure and insight into behavior.

Reflections on Therapeutic Mastery, Part 2

Excerpts from a personal interview, continued

What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

Are you a young adult studying psychology or a related area? Do you sometimes wonder what you want to do when you grow up? Read on to learn about lots of great possibilities!

Sharing Ideas

By Dana S Dunn Ph.D. on June 01, 2015 in Head of the Class
Sharing ideas about teaching with colleagues should happen more often than it likely does--there is always practical advice that experienced instructors can share with new teachers.

Clinician’s Corner: Starting Your Practice

A book titled “How We Build Our Dream Practice: Innovative Ideas for Building Yours” provides an excellent resource on how to manage your thoughts and fears about jumping into independent practice.

The Ethics of Extra Credit: A Case to Ponder

Extra credit is a common, complex and controversial issue. See what you think of this case.

Helping Professions for Veterans

Psychology Careers for Veterans

My Design Psychology Career: 'Art + Science' = True Love

By Toby Israel Ph.D. on May 14, 2015 in Design on My Mind
Sculpting beautiful, profoundly meaningful places that allow us to transcend

(Some Of) My Teaching Philosophy

By Jesse Marczyk on May 13, 2015 in Pop Psych
Student evaluations of teachers tend to be negatively predictive of teaching effectiveness. Perhaps there are ways of fixing that problem with the right methods

Step Away From the Cell Phone

By Dana S Dunn Ph.D. on May 11, 2015 in Head of the Class
What are we missing when we focus too much attention on our smartphones?

The Honest Truth About Self- Publishing

By Sam Osherson Ph.D. on May 02, 2015 in Listen Up!
There are profound rewards, delights, and costs to self- publishing. They may not be the ones you expect.

The Art of Art Therapy Shapeshifting

Shapeshifting, also known as transmorgrification and transformation, is found throughout the realms of myth and folklore. Art therapy, a field that embraces the symbolic world and the process of transformation, has its own shapeshifting tales to tell, too.

Is It Ethical for Professors to Assign Their Own Books?

Lots of people—students, friends, colleagues, and publishing professionals—who think it’s automatically a conflict of interest for professors to assign their own books. But is it an unethical conflict of interest? Does the base motive for money unduly contaminate the noble motives to help students?

Stop Worrying About Starting Grad School

Your knowledge and skills on the first day are almost irrelevant 4 years later. What matters more is how much your skills are going to improve. That depends on your talent, attitude, and work ethic.

Why do we like our bully boss?

By Eyal Winter on April 18, 2015 in Feeling Smart
Check if you have a Stockholm Bias toward your Bully Boss.

Unique Musical "Chairs"

What training opportunities exist for professional musicians who want to incorporate knowledge and skills in performance psychology? Where might they go to augment their expertise, whether as a professor, a licensed mental health practitioner with a specialty niche, or a mental skills coach for other musicians?