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

Psychology Student Career Planning 101

By Dana S Dunn Ph.D. on February 02, 2016 Head of the Class
How can psychology majors get a leg up in their futures, whether they envision a job, grad school, or something else?

Careers in Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Did you ever consider a career involving the psychology of where people work? If "yes", then a career in Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology is for you.

Toward Better Care

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on January 30, 2016 How To Do Life
A letter to my med students, relevant to helping professionals & aspiring ones.

The Everyday Clinician's Guide to Sex Addiction

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on January 29, 2016 Minority Report
If you're a therapist with no formal training in sex addiction, then this guide is tailored for you. The information provided is hands-on, practical tools you can use with clients

Psychology and the Law

How this psychology major found his niche in the legal arena.

Transcript of Part of a Career Counseling Session

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on January 24, 2016 How To Do Life
Lessons about job search, using the visual, and getting what you want.

Five Psychology Podcasts to Broaden Your Mind in 2016

By Jared DeFife Ph.D. on January 19, 2016 The Shrink Tank
Now that you’ve finished binge-watching Making a Murderer and Serial season 2 just isn’t cutting it for you, here’s a list of five psychology podcasts to broaden your mind in 2016.

The Status Of Minorities In Psychology-Related Careers

Is minority inclusion growing in Psychology-related careers? Let's take a look.

Hey Prof, Can I Make Up the Exam?

One difficult decision we face as instructors is what to do when students miss a test. We should consider why we give tests at all before making judgments or policies.

A Workover: She Wants a Career Keeping Kids Out of Trouble

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on January 13, 2016 How To Do Life
What's the best career option for making a difference in the lives of underprivileged kids?

New Term, New Start: Avoiding the (Sophomore) Slump

By Dana S Dunn Ph.D. on January 11, 2016 Head of the Class
Why do students sometimes have an off semester academically? What can be done to ward off such academic "slumps"?

Women And Psychology-Related Career Opportunities

Have opportunities improved for women in Psychology-related careers? Definitely!

Two Common (and Useless) Skills that College Students Learn

There are two relatively useless skills that college students spend a lot of time practicing. They are useless because people are seldom called upon to use them in real life.

Science By Funeral

By Jesse Marczyk on December 21, 2015 Pop Psych
It was once quipped that science progresses one funeral at a time. There seems to be some truth to that idea.

How Secure Are Your Electronic Health Records?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on December 16, 2015 Media Spotlight
A new study suggests that a sizable percentage of all mental health providers are not taking proper precautions to prevent possible security breaches. What are the implications?

Psychology Majors in the Unlikely World of Tech Start-Ups

How this psychology major leveraged her training in data analysis and human behavior to gain success in start-ups.

Why Scientists Should Write For The Public

One reason academics should write for the public? To fix academic writing.

How Important are Mental Components of Success?

Sports psychologists think mental aspects of performance are so critical, they make careers out of it.

College Stress 101: Keeping a Stress Diary

By Dana S Dunn Ph.D. on December 03, 2015 Head of the Class
Can tracking the stressors in your daily life be helpful? Yes, it can.

Research Experience Can Improve Career Opportunities

Is there something you can do to improve your career opportunities? Get involved in research.

Darwin’s Long Reach Across Psychology

A small evolutionary psychology conference in upstate New York sheds light on a wide variety of psychological phenomena — from music to emotions to relationships — and more.

Letter from a Therapist: "I'm Successful but Not Effective"

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on December 01, 2015 How To Do Life
My advice to a practitioner with serious self-doubts.

Compassion After Loss

It says a lot about me that I really, really looked forward to a six-and-a-half hour training on grief after suicide.

On Thanksgiving: Patients Who Gift Their Time to Research

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on November 29, 2015 Trouble in Mind
In neuropsychology, functional MRI and other high-tech methods cannot give the detail single cases can provide. And the history of science, whatever the discipline, still has lessons for students and researchers in today's world.

Forensic Psychology Careers with a Bachelor’s Degree

Are you interested in a career in Forensic Psychology, but you don't want to go to graduate school? There are career opportunities available that only require a Bachelor's degree.

The Big Lie Professors Are Telling Their Students

The big lie is this: That a college education is ....

Forensic Psychology: Exciting New Career Opportunities

Are you thinking of a career in Forensic Psychology? There are many possible career options that you might consider.

Psych Majors as Medical Professionals? You Bet!

Leverage your psychology degree to land a job in the medical world.

Medical Careers with a Bachelor's in Psychology

Think you are going nowhere with a bachelor's degree in psychology? Not true! Psychology majors, now more than ever, are much sought after in this field...