I don’t want to be a Counselor, so what can I do with Psychology?

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One of the main fields that Psychology majors go into is Clinical/Counseling Psychology. However, there are many different paths Psychology majors can take! Here is a list and a little information about some of the other exciting fields Psychology offers!

  • Industrial Organizational Psychology
    • I/O Psychology is the study of working and the application of that science to workplace issues (retention, employee satisfaction, diversity, etc.)
    • http://www.siop.org
  • Sports Psychology
    •  Sports Psychologists help athletes (professional or amateur) enhance their performance, overcome issues, and achieve their goals.
    •  http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/sport-psychologists.aspx
  • Rehabilitation Psychology
    • Rehabilitation Psychologists work with people who have disabilities and/or chronic health conditions to help them increase and maximize health, functional abilities, and more.
    • http://www.div22.org/what-is-rehab-psych
  • Forensic Psychology
    • Forensic Psychologists assess individuals who are involved with the legal system, and much more!
    • http://www.apa.org/ed/precollege/psn/2013/09/forensic-psychology.aspx
  • Neuropsychology
    • Neuropsychology is the study of the relationship between behavior/emotion/cognition and brain functioning.
      • Subfield: Neuromarketing
    • http://careersinpsychology.org/becoming-a-neuropsychologist/
  • Health Psychology
    • Health Psychology is the study of behavioral processes in illness, healthcare, and overall health.
    • http://www.apa.org/action/science/health/education-training.aspx
  • School Psychology
    • School Psychologists work, mostly in a school setting, in order to better support students abilities to learn effectively, as well as support teachers to teach effectively.
    • https://www.nasponline.org/about-school-psychology/who-are-school-psychologists
  • Developmental Psychology
    • Developmental Psychologists study lifespan development, specifically how and why humans change over the course of the lifespan.
    • http://www.simplypsychology.org/developmental-psychology.html
  • Experimental Psychology
    • Experimental Psychologists area of study is research! These Psychologists study basics processes (cognition, learning, etc.) in animals and humans.
    • http://www.apa.org/action/science/experimental/education-training.aspx
  • Research/Quantitative Psychology
    • In this field of Psychology, you would study methods and techniques for the measurement of human characteristics, statistical methods of psychological processes, and research designs.
    • http://www.apa.org/research/tools/quantitative/
  • Academia
    • A lot of students who go into any of the areas listed here decide to become apart of Academia. In other words, they apply and become Professors at Universities across the globe.
    • http://www.apa.org/careers/resources/academic/
  • Cognitive Psychology
    • Cognitive Psychology is the study of mental processes (Language, memory, problem solving, etc.).
    • http://www.simplypsychology.org/cognitive.html
  • Environmental Psychology
    • Environmental Psychologists seeks to find the relationship between individuals and their surroundings.
    • http://careersinpsychology.org/becoming-environmental-psychologist/
  • Social Psychology
    • Social Psychologists study individual behavior in a social environment or context.
    • http://www.simplypsychology.org/social-psychology.html

Below are a few links that can help you find out more about some of the careers listed above! Please also note that this is not an extensive list, there are a lot of different careers and sub-fields you can go into with a Psychology major!