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

9 Ways Volunteering Helps You Get Ahead

Volunteering in the community provides huge payback in terms of reaching your career goals.

Globalizing Positive Psychology

Instead of researching well-being through culturally skewed self-reporting tools, let's focus on how our brain chemicals (dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin, endorphin) work in animals.

How Lucrative Is a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology?

Think you are on the road to financial nowhere because you majored in psychology? The most common career paths for those with a bachelor's in psychology may have you think again.

Freshman Year Is Done and Over

By Dana S Dunn Ph.D. on May 03, 2016 in Head of the Class
First year college students—soon-to-be sophomores—are heading home for the summer. How can they use their summer wisely?

I’m Not “That Kind” of Psychologist

The term “psychologist” may be one of the most-often confused names of any profession. Here’s why. Along with some suggested alternatives.

De-Mystifying the GRE: Part 3

Taking the GRE is not as simple as you may think.

Depressed Psychologists

A noble profession with few rewards

A Bright Future for Teaching: Views From the Heartland

Yeah, this is anecdotal evidence. But it’s enough to reinforce my optimism about the future of college teaching.

The Making of Practitioner - Scholars

By Career Crusaders on April 22, 2016 in Degrees of Success
The Career Crusaders talk to Argosy University.

Multiple Intelligence, Higher Education Reform, and Ethics

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 22, 2016 in How To Do Life
An interview with Howard Gardner about the theory of multiple intelligences.

De-Mystifying the GRE: Part 2

As you move closer to actually taking the GRE, be ready to put in a serious effort in your exam preparation.

The Importance of Kindness in Science

Buz Hunt showed the importance of kindness and thoughtfulness in science, and why some, perhaps more than others, might leave much more than a scientific legacy.

It's Student Psychology Conference Season

By Dana S Dunn Ph.D. on April 12, 2016 in Head of the Class
Many psychology students engage in high impact practices like course-based or independent research. They should share their efforts at a Student Research Conference (SRC).

De-Mystifying the GRE: Part I

If you are thinking about graduate school, the GRE is in your future. Here is a ton of information about the GRE so you will be better prepared to take it.

Clinical and Counseling Psych: Time to End the Distinction

The distinction between clinical and counseling psychology made sense historically, but it is now time to retire it and join around an identity of Health Service Psychology.

Forms of Address in Academia: Etiquette or Ethics?

How should students address their professors?

The Ideology of Social Psychology

Recent empirical research has shown that there are very few conservative social psychologists, and it has been suggested that this lack of diversity is harmful to the field.

Psychology, Computers and Social Phenomena

How is the digitalization of society affecting the way we study human behavior?

4 Tips for Presenting Quantitative Information Effectively

When reporting numbers and analysis, psychologists should aim for accuracy & impact.
Michael D. Matthews

International Military Psychology

The rising importance of psychology to the military presents both new opportunities for psychologists and also raises a host of ethical and moral concerns.

Getting Into Graduate School in Psychology

By Dana S Dunn Ph.D. on March 22, 2016 in Head of the Class
What qualities comprise a solid application to graduate school in psychology?

Choosing Between a PhD and PsyD: Some Factors to Consider

Are you considering a career in clinical psychology? What factors can help you decide between a PhD and PsyD.

Peter Kinderman on the British Psychological Society

The future of mental health interview series continues with Peter Kinderman on the British Psychological Society.

Is Psychologists’ Code of Ethics Immoral?

Laws and figuring out how to avoid being sued have displaced to a significant degree psychological knowledge and ethical reasoning in how psychologists are being trained to think.

Why I Question Academic Research on Happiness

Academic research rests on the belief that “our society is the problem.” Here's what you lose when your information is filtered through a belief system.

New Numbers on Undergraduate Psychology Majors Post-College

By Dana S Dunn Ph.D. on February 28, 2016 in Head of the Class
What happens to psychology majors where salary, employment, and graduate degrees are concerned?

2 Strikes Against Virtue

Virtue ethics helps us make ethics personal and real. A few days ago I had two experiences that shook my faith in how virtues are valued and implemented these days.

The Rapist

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on February 23, 2016 in How To Do Life
A rapist requests therapy from a psychotherapist who had been raped.

The Secret Weapon of Political Campaigns

How does psychology help politicians get ahead? Your vote may have been cast because of psychological tactics.

Better Mental Health

The promise of better mental health