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

Reading With Purpose, or Purposes

My university hired a PR firm to help sell us. The major slogan they came up with was “Learn with Purpose.” I was cynical at first, but it turns out to be a pretty good principle!

18 Classic Psychology Jokes

Did you hear the one about the nearsighted psychologist?

Art Therapy

Do you believe that making art is healing and life enhancing? Are you interested in mental health as well? Art therapy combines the two in a unique profession.

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Unshrouding the concept of statistical significance so that psychological research can be accessible to everyone.

Attendance Matters!

By Dana S Dunn Ph.D. on September 12, 2016 in Head of the Class
Attending class creates community—it's a student's responsibility to attend.

5 Tips for Picking a Psychology Graduate School and Advisor

By Clay Routledge Ph.D. on September 08, 2016 in More Than Mortal
Wondering if you should go to graduate school in psychology and where to apply? Here are five helpful tips.

Explaining Media Psychology in 2017

Media influence on people is like "The Blob"... oozing everywhere. Media Psychologists are the professionals that study the effect of media on behavior everywhere.

So You're Starting Grad School This Fall?

By Amy Green M.A., C.C.C. on August 24, 2016 in Psy-curious
Graduate school is not simply the older sibling to undergrad. Embracing some of the differences sooner rather than later can help set you up for success.

Making the Transition From High School and Home to College

By Dana S Dunn Ph.D. on August 22, 2016 in Head of the Class
First time college students and their parents both have to deal with big changes—what are some suggestions that can help make the transition a smooth one?

Psychology of Scientific Integrity: Graduate Syllabus

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on August 18, 2016 in Rabble Rouser
Scientific fields from biomedicine to psychology are a mess. How bad? No one really knows. Maybe it is not that bad. Maybe it is awful.
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Neurofeedback: A Remarkable Counseling Tool

By Lori Russell-Chapin Ph.D. on August 18, 2016 in Brain Waves
Needs a more regulated brain? Neurofeedback may be the answer.

Am I Ready to Teach?

It’s the night before classes, and all through my brain all I could think of was the emotional strain…

An Honest Letter to Your Therapist or Counselor

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 18, 2016 in How To Do Life
Thoughts for clients and practitioners

Is It Offensive to Declare a Psychological Claim Wrong?

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on August 16, 2016 in Rabble Rouser
You might think that scientists just let the data speak. Instead, if what the data say is, "Your pet theory or claim is wrong," many scientists get very defensive and hostile.

Bridging the Research to Practice Gap

By APA Division 15 on August 15, 2016 in PsychEd
While the fields of education and psychology are active members of the evidence-based practice (EBP) movement, there still exists a research to practice gap that must be addressed.

Who Are Psychology's Geniuses? Part 2

I offer a few more nominations for psychologists whose contributions deserve to be called ingenious, and some analysis of what makes them stand out. See if you agree.

9 Steps to a Career in Mental Health with a Bachelor's

Want to obtain a career in mental health with only a bachelor's degree? Follow these 9 steps!

Study Abroad!

By Dana S Dunn Ph.D. on August 01, 2016 in Head of the Class
Study abroad is a mind-expanding opportunity. Why don't more psychology majors seek international experiences? How can faculty or families help?

Older, No Degree, No Job

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 31, 2016 in How To Do Life
Advice for a 65-year-old, tech-light person with depression and no degree.

Military Psychology Then and Now

Since 1980, psychology has evolved into the key science for determining military success. Psychologists of all types contribute to this effort.

5 Psychological Tricks to Get Ahead in Job Interviews

Think the job interview is only about your skills and education? You may be surprised to learn some tricks to positively influence your chances of employment.

Wise Up: Study Aging

By Christina Pierpaoli on July 13, 2016 in Eng(aging)
In the 20th century, adult life expectancy has nearly doubled. Here’s why aging is a boon for psychology—and perhaps—for you.

The Anti-Psychologists

By Stanton Peele on July 13, 2016 in Addiction in Society
Psychology has been engaged in a decades-long battle for its soul—is it really a field independent of brain psychology? I sometimes view myself one of psychology's last advocates.

The Scholar

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 07, 2016 in How To Do Life
A short, short story about change.

Small Changes in Teaching

By Dana S Dunn Ph.D. on July 05, 2016 in Head of the Class
You don't have to completely change the way you teach a course—small adjustments can pay large dividends for you and your students.

Standing Out in a Crowd by Marketing Yourself

How do you make sure that you stand out from everyone else? The answer often comes down to marketing.

Is There a Replication Crisis in Experimental Psychology?

Recent worries about the failure to replicate the findings of important studies in experimental psychology may well be unfounded.

Is Your Therapist a Narcissist?

By Donna Barstow on June 28, 2016 in Ink Blots Cartoons
Here's why doctors think they're all that.

Drug Shills Dispensing Pills

By Jean Kim M.D. on June 23, 2016 in Culture Shrink
As a psychiatrist-in-training and then a young attending in the 2000s, I saw the undue influence drug companies had over our academic field.
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Why Every Psychotherapist Needs to Understand Sociology

Psychology on its own presents too skewed of a perspective to truly understand the entirety of human behavior. It must be counterbalanced by other disciplines, such as sociology.