Psychology Careers On the Move
March 20, 2008
Between the disciplines of psychiatry and psychology, it's the latter that cannot prescribe medicine. So one might assume in an age where pharmaceutical innovations seem to happen every day, psychology as a field would start to diminish. But in fact, the opposite is happening. As clinical medicine further helps to unlock the mind, psychology is becoming even more relevant in today's stress filled world.
Pursuing a Degree in Psychology
Psychology is truly a fascinating field because it requires we explore the mind with the very instrument we're trying to explore. There clearly is much more we have yet to discover about the human mind. This also means there are numerous directions one can pursue when working towards a psychology degree. You could work towards a psychology degree in human relations, nutrition, lucid dreaming, mass consumption, terrorism, artificial intelligence, etc. The potential career paths are literally without limit.
Earning a Bachelor's versus a Doctorate Degree in Psychology
If your ultimate goal is to become a fully licensed psychologist, you'll need to secure a doctorate degree in psychology before you can begin practicing. A doctorate usually takes between four and seven years to complete, has prerequisit degree requirements, and is offered through both campus and online degree programs. However, with a four-year psychology degree, you should be qualified to assist psychologists and other mental health professionals with research, administrative duties, analysis, and treatment. In addition, some graduates with a bachelor's degree in psychology work as marketing researchers or test administrators.
Earning Potential with a Psychology Degree
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the median annual salary in 2006 for psychologists was roughly $59,000. But given this career field is expected to grow much faster than the national average for other occupations, it's safe to assume salary ranges for psychologists should rise substantially in the coming years. This will be especially true if any medical breakthroughs further solidify our limited understanding of the human mind.
A freelance writer, Stanley Rubenti currently lives in Bangkok where he writes columns for a variety of publications. Stanley holds a B.A. in history.