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Careers in Psychology

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Even after you’ve chosen to pursue a career in psychology, you may still wonder which path is best for you. Fortunately, the options are wide open. Because psychology is such a broad field of study, your skills are well suited to a wide range of careers. 

Generally speaking, psychologists use their applied knowledge and research to service the community, or they choose to advance the discipline by pursuing basic research and teaching. But in reality, the line between research and application frequently overlaps since many professionals engage in both activities. The model of the scientist-practitioner is the standard for many graduate programs, and it is based on a combination of knowledge-seeking and practical application.

Specializations

Narrowing your focus.

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Professional Opportunities

A look at your professional peers.

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Internships

Experience awaits.

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Resources

Assistance for today and tomorrow.

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The field of psychology includes many disciplines and specializations. Explore psychology career options, some of which require advanced degrees.

Your decision, of course, depends on your personal preference and your career goals. Make sure to research your interests thoroughly. You can even ask to attend some classes in some of these programs to experience the academic component of training, and you will be able to speak with current students to talk about their experiences in their respective programs. Give yourself the experiences that will inform your decision. 

Should you decide to pursue a graduate degree in a psychology-related field, there is a high likelihood that you will need to take both the General GRE exam, as well as the content-specific Psychology GRE.

This is only a brief overview of what it means to have a degree in psychology. Ultimately, you must decide on your own career path. In order to make that decision, utilize our site to help guide you towards your goal. Visit our Center for Career Development as a starting point for researching different opportunities.

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