Helping you find a career in the psychology industry
Psychologists work across many different sectors of society and there are numerous opportunities within healthcare, sports, education and the prison service. It's not all about lying people in a chair and asking them “And how does that make you feel?”.
Most psychology roles require a sophisticated understanding of the human mind and ask for a master's degree to prove it. If your highest level of education is a bachelor's degree, you may be able to get a job as an assistant to a psychologist, but your opportunities for progression will be very limited.
Usually you will have specialised in a specific area throughout your degree although there will be opportunities to re-train if you decided to take a different direction.
Here is a brief overview of the types of psychology jobs that exist:
- Counselling psychologist - Involves working with patients, or clients, to help cope with difficult situations or resolve problems. Educational psychologist - Typically you'll work with young people who are encountering difficulties that are affecting their education. Forensic psychologist - Involves working to rehabilitate criminals or with law enforcement staff to investigate crimes. Clinical psychologist - Involves working in hospitals or treatment centres to help people with general mental health issues. Occupational psychologist - Helping employees within a business with stressful situations that are affecting their mental health. As a psychologist you may also contribute to research within the field and conduct experiments.
Psychologists encounter problems of the mind, which can be some of the most complex out there. This means the work can be very challenging and there will be no ‘one-size-fits-all' for treatment. However, it is also incredibly rewarding and you will be making a huge difference to people's lives.