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

The End Is Near!

By Dana S Dunn Ph.D. on December 02, 2016 in Head of the Class
Final exams will be here shortly for college students around the country—what can they do to do their best on them? Here are some suggestions based on psychological science!

Is There a Place for Clinical Thinking in a Hospital?

By Michael Karson Ph.D., J.D. on December 01, 2016 in Feeling Our Way
Mark my words: In the not too distant future, some psychology organization will forbid us from treating cancer victims unless we hold some cancer credential.

10 Ways to Uncover the Hidden Job Market

By Brad Waters on November 22, 2016 in Design Your Path
10 ways to locate hard-to-find job openings

3 Skills Sets That Will Make Your Resume Pop

Pick up a few skills in these areas and watch your marketability rise

Students Can Learn a Lot From Current Events

News items about human behavior make wonderful teaching devices. It doesn’t take much to stimulate thoughtful discussion about the complexities involved in human behavior.

Helping Students Cope with the Elephant in the Room

By Dana S Dunn Ph.D. on November 10, 2016 in Head of the Class
The election is over, the outcome a surprise, and many students are struggling to make sense of it all. What can psychology educators do to help?

Consider A Master's Degree In Genetic Counseling

If you have an interest in clinical psychology and the natural sciences a career in genetic counseling might work for you.

A Scary Thought for Students

By Dana S Dunn Ph.D. on October 31, 2016 in Head of the Class
The frost may or may not be on the pumpkin, but one thing is for sure: The fall semester is fading fast. It will be over before you know it. Where do you stand in your classes?

Nine Under-the-Radar Psychology Careers

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on October 22, 2016 in How To Do Life
Niches that may be worth a look.

The Ethics of Sharing Client Stories

How can I use my clients as examples in my teaching, while honoring my clients’ confidentiality and therapeutic experience? What are the ethical limits to telling clients' stories?

A Burned-Out Occupational Therapist Thinks About Quitting

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on October 20, 2016 in How To Do Life
My exchange with a caller to my radio program about becoming a college counselor.

Mental Health Care Could Look Really Different Soon (Or Not)

As one state sits on the precipice of funding healthcare in a completely different way, the number of possibilities for change in the way mental health care is delivered are huge.

A Presidential Headache: The Concussion Generation

By Harry Kerasidis M.D. on October 12, 2016 in Brain Trauma
The massive numbers of concussions are adding up to a generation of mental health problems. An opportunity awaits the next president, and ironically, it's not that expensive.

4 Critical Questions to Ask When Choosing a Ph.D. Program

Weigh these important factors before you head down the wrong path.

Applying to Grad School in Psychology?

By Dana S Dunn Ph.D. on October 10, 2016 in Head of the Class
If you or someone you know is a college senior or a college graduate who wants to go for a graduate degree in psychology, the time to apply is soon—get organized now!

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.