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

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
DESIGN PSYCHOLOGY offers a better way to finally bridge the gap between 'human factors' THINKING and design PRACTICE.

(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?

Final Exams Are Just Around the Corner

By Dana S Dunn Ph.D. on April 16, 2015 in Head of the Class
Like birth, death, and taxes, finals are inevitable—and always there at the end of term for undergraduates in psychology and all other academic disciplines. How best to prepare for them?

A Great Time for Women in STEM

By Jesse Marczyk on April 15, 2015 in Pop Psych
Women seem to be advantaged when it comes to getting hired in STEM fields. They need only apply.

Should You Become a Counselor or a Coach?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 12, 2015 in How To Do Life
An internal debate to elucidate the issues.

Selling the Couch: The Business of Psychotherapy

The business side of private practice is something that eludes many, if not most, mental health professionals. As an outgrowth of his practice, Philadelphia-area psychologist Melvin Varghese has created an iTunes podcast called Selling the Couch, which is an on-going series of interviews with thought leaders in practice building, marketing and social media.

Announcing a New Journal in Psychology

By Jesse Marczyk on March 31, 2015 in Pop Psych
It's time to fix the false positive problem in psychology.

Music Therapy Activities Wiki

Learn more about music therapy, the value of music therapists and how music therapists envision and develop music therapy strategies. MusicTherapyActivities.Wikia.com is an encyclopedic collection of therapeutic music activities, indexed by goal and objective—and it will help you understand more about the range of this dynamic approach to health.

How Clinical Psychology Programs Get Wussified

Aren’t therapists supposed to be able to stomach strong emotion, confront conflict, keep calm, and carry on?

Teaching Evolves?!

By Dana S Dunn Ph.D. on March 23, 2015 in Head of the Class
The lecture isn't dead—but it is no longer the only approach college and university faculty use in their teaching.

Universities Not Immune to Implicit Bias

Implicit bias is evident across academic departments, including in the sciences, where one might be tempted to believe that applications are more likely to be evaluated objectively.

Carl Rogers' Person-Centered Approach

Is non-directive therapy the same as client-centered therapy?

It's a Wrap!

By Dana S Dunn Ph.D. on March 03, 2015 in Head of the Class
How can we get students to review what they did wrong on exams and papers?

Searching for the Topless Classroom

Many professors teach in a bottomless way. The class I observed was topless.

Thinking of Teaching Psychology at the College Level?

What you need to know if you are considering being a psychology professor

How to Encourage Non-Liberal Students in Psychology

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on February 23, 2015 in Rabble Rouser
How do you encourage non-liberal students to pursue careers in the social sciences? It is simple. Stop being hostile to them and their ideas. What a shock. If one creates an environment safe and supportive for all students, regardless of their politics, non-left students become interested in psychology.

Don't Say That

By Dana S Dunn Ph.D. on February 10, 2015 in Head of the Class
Students sometimes say the darnedest things—can we help them to think a bit before blurting?

The Psychology of Torture

By Jay Richards Ph.D. on February 04, 2015 in The Violent Mind
Cognitive behavioral theory got it wrong, but how?

Don Jones: Make Art (Therapy), Not War

Don Jones was part of a unique generation of individuals who simultaneously arrived at the idea of “art therapy" in the 1940s. His legacy and impact on mental health practice began when he became conscientious objector during World War II; that juncture not only changed his life, it set him on a path to help found a new field and profession.

My Top 10 Best Careers for Psychology Today Readers

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on January 25, 2015 in How To Do Life
In-demand, psychologically-oriented careers that offer money and satisfaction.

APA Should Expel Psychologists Who Torture

By Jay Richards Ph.D. on January 21, 2015 in The Violent Mind
How could clinical psychology, a profession with an extensive code of professional ethics, be embroiled in condoning and participating in torture? We must face the implications of this ugly truth.

Helping Students Leverage Skills Learned in Psychology

By Dana S Dunn Ph.D. on January 21, 2015 in Head of the Class
Psychology majors, like most undergraduates, are future-oriented--they look to what will happen after they graduate. But getting there, they often focus more on completing required courses ("hoop jumping") than thinking about what particular and important skills they have learned in their courses, skills that they can share with prospective employers, among others.