Pshaw! What’s there to know? It’s a bunch of scientific gibberish for creative color wheel ideas, isn’t it? Well, that’s just what the vast majority of people think. The truth is that psychology is one of the most exciting and fulfilling fields in this day and age. You can become everything from an expert witness to a therapist with just a bachelor’s degree in psychology! But don’t let our enthusiasm deceive you – there are many aspects of this field you should be aware about.
1. What does it take to become a psychologist ?
The general perception is that a person needs to have an immense IQ and score exceptionally well in the SATs . We are here to disappoint you. Actually, what it takes is a four year college degree and a license from the state. A bachelor’s degree can be obtained with little extra effort while the master’s is what really qualifies you for things like counseling, however many states currently don’t require one. Licensed psychologists who want to specialize need a doctoral degree (PhD or PsyD).
2. What should I major in ?
Psychology majors commonly major in psychology itself but there are other majors which complement this wonderfully. Psychology is broad and when you are done with your degree, you can do anything from research to teaching to counseling. If you want to teach at the university level, this is your absolute best chance at making a lot of money. Also, if you plan on doing something other than counseling, it’s a good idea to get a major in two or more fields so as not to be limited by these jobs.
3. What should I study in college ?
Psychology is called the “study of behavior”. Most people associate psychology with psychology but there’s a whole bunch of behavioral sciences which are heavily related to it including anthropology, sociology and criminology. These are applied degrees and pay very well.
4. What should I do with a bachelor’s degree ?
The majority of people think that after getting a bachelor’s degree, one goes on to get a master’s . Not true. Most folks go directly into the job market or become a volunteer or an intern. There are even master’s programs which accept applicants with just a bachelor’s degree! As far as jobs go, the sky’s the limit. You can be anything from an assistant to an accountant to a teacher and make good money doing so.
5. What is it like being a college professor ?
While we’re on this topic, let me tell you what it’s like being a college professor . Your job is pretty much to give the same lectures to the same students over and over again. You have to do a lot of research too. If you go into academia for the money, you will be sorely disappointed. But if you love teaching and/or research, then this is perfect for you!
6. What should I do with a master’s degree ?
You can get a master’s degree in just about any field – it depends on your interests. You can even get one in psychopathology or abnormal psychology . Most commonly, these degrees are used as stepping stones to doctoral programs but they can also be used as stepping stones to anything really – sports medicine, forensic science , etc.
7. How is a doctoral program different from PhD in psychology?
The difference between a PhD in psychology and one in other fields of psychology is that the PhD is specialized. A doctorate of philosophy (also known as a PsyD) is required for specialty areas such as clinical or counseling related subjects. There are many other requirements which the others don’t have – you usually have to do research, teach undergraduates at some point, etc. The quality of these programs varies greatly so we think it’s best to find out more about them before handing over your tuition money!
8. Is there a difference between counselors and psychologists ?
In general, the only difference is that psychologists are more able to help you with your problems because they have more education. Check out our article on this topic here .
9. What should I do if I want to become a psychiatrist or work in a mental hospital ?
If you want to work in a mental hospital , then you need to become a psychiatrist . This requires about 12 years of post-graduate education in addition to residency and fellowship – sometimes even more. The majority of people who choose psychiatry as their field don’t do it for the money – there are easier and faster ways of making big bucks. A common misconception about psychiatrists is that they prescribe drugs . While it is true that they can prescribe psychiatric drugs, their duty is actually to diagnose disorders and offer therapy options or medication. If you want to work in the mental health field for the money, you might want to look into one of these other fields.
10. What is psychotherapy?
In general, it’s one of the most exciting and fulfilling fields in this day and age. You can become everything from an expert witness to a therapist with just a bachelor’s degree in psychology! But don’t let our enthusiasm deceive you – there are many aspects of this field you should be aware about.