Careers in Psychology
June 14, 2015
Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behavior of a person or group of people (Merriam-Webster, 2015). It is a very large field of study with many careers available to anyone interested. I have chosen three careers (jobs) in psychology that would be of interest to me if I decide to pursue a degree in this field of study. I will explain what the job is, the education and work experience required, job responsibilities, and type of workplace.
I have always thought that a career as an industrial-organizational psychologist would be interesting. I have worked for a lot of different companies, big and small. My positions have ranged from management to hourly employee or temp. I have seen wonderful people working unhappily through life either for a company they are not happy with or a job that is not satisfying. An industrial-organizational (i.o.) psychologist is able to study the workplace environment and its employees. An i.o. psychologist would assist the company with job analysis and performance measurements, hiring and training employees, and employee safety (Careers In Psychology.org, n.a.). As an i.o. psychologist I would be able to help companies find the right people for the right job and then working with them to create a satisfying workplace. To be an i.o. psychologist it is required that a person have a bachelor’s degree and a master’s or doctorate. The starting salary for a person with a master’s degree is $40,000 and a person with a doctorate can earn up to $97,000 per year (Georgia, 2015). Which indicates that as you gain workplace experience and continue with your education your chances of making more money will increase. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), “44% percent were employed in business/industry settings and 27% were employed in consulting firms. Sixteen percent could be found in government settings, with...