Psychology is a science that falls within the human and medical sciences. In its broadest sense, it is identified as the scientific study of the human mind and behaviour. It offers the chance to explore unanswered questions about the brain, such as how it functions under stress, how it learns language, how it remembers facts or how mental illness can affect the way it works. Those pursuing research in this area have the chance to help further scientific understandings of the brain, to promote the all-round health and welfare of current and future generations.
What careers can you take up with a psychology degree?
If you decide to get a professional psychology diploma or degree, there are many different areas which you can choose to focus on. These include health, clinical, educational psychology, research and teaching, occupational, counseling, neuropsychology, sport and exercise, fashion and forensic, just to name the key areas. In general you will be taught the fundamentals of all these areas in your undergraduate years until you can specialise later.
So if you don’t really know what career choices you have, just know that the options are vast and include but are not limited to careers like;
- Social worker
- Educational psychologist
- Animal psychologist
- Human resources manager/officer
- Marketing and sales professional
- Fashion designer
- Research roles
- Media roles
What are the psychology careers in healthcare and therapy?
- Chartered psychologist – this is a highly specialised role where you will be working with people from all walks of life. You will analyse behaviours, thoughts and emotions to understand underlying psychological causes. You may choose to specialize in a number of areas, including occupational psychology, educational psychology, sport and mental health.
- Psychotherapist – you will have access to a rather diverse workload and will help different patients overcome their psychological issues like stress, depression, anxiety and more. You are free to choose a method of therapy based on your specialisation and your interests in the field. These include cognitive behavioral methods, psychoanalytic and psychodynamic therapies, as well as art therapy, drama therapy, humanistic and integrative psychotherapy, hypno-psychotherapy and experiential therapy.
- Social worker – you will work with people going through difficult situations in their life. The role of a social worker is to safeguard these people from harm and provide support in order to allow people to improve their situations. As a social worker you may work within schools, homes, hospitals or other public agencies.
- Counselor – You will work within a confidential setting and be expected to listen attentively to your clients. Key traits of a counselor include the ability to listen, empathize, offer respect and patience, as well as to analyze the issues at play in order to enable the client to better cope with his or her situation.
Educational psychology careers
You can enjoy a wide variety of careers here with a base in educational psychology including the ones listed above. You can choose from;
- Educational therapy
- Social work in education
- Social worker for all learning communities
- Providing support for young offenders
You can also enjoy a large number of research based careers in psychology.
What other types of careers can I work in?
You can work in animal psychology with a Certificate in Animal Psychology that is accredited by CPD & iAP. You will also be able to work in management, leadership, human resources, sales, marketing, fashion and sports. You can also work in journalism and media as well as in the fields of communication and IT or even finance.
But must I have a six year degree or so to work in psychology?
Not at all.
Many people think that it is essential to have a massive number of years to work in a job that is related to psychology but that is not always the case, depending upon what you want to do. Now for instance, if you want to become a clinical psychologist or a psychiatrist, you will have to have Masters and a specialisation and the likes in the field. But if you want to work as a teacher, in HR, sales, marketing, IT, finance, law, creative industries, animal care or social work, this is not the case.
Can 1Training’s psychology programmes help me find work or do higher studies?
We can help you in mastering psychology regardless of what your career path choices are.
Our programmes are accredited by renowned awarding bodies and offer you the appropriate amount of credits you need to have in order to either be vocationally qualified or be eligible to top off your studies at a university. Depending on the Level of the diploma or certificate or award that you take from us, we can guide you on your next steps to a career in psychology.
All our tutors are certified experts in their respective fields. The course material that we compile for you is engaging and simple to understand but also comprehensive and the fact that you can study from home is an added advantage. You also need not spend large sums of money or a long period of time to complete your programmes while you study with us. If you want to learn psychology with us contact us on [email protected] for more information.