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Psychology, in its simplest form, is the study of how and why people do what they do.
But this field is more than clinical observations and one-on-one therapy (requirements include a doctoral degree and state licensure). Professionals with a master’s in psychology have a wide range of careers to choose from.
Here are 10 areas to consider that require a master’s in psychology.
Professionals who study psychology are trained as scientists, and many of them continue to employ scientific methodologies conducting research of their own. Others work on applying the insights from their training in practical applications for individuals or groups such as counseling. Still others work both as researchers and practitioners, as noted by the American Psychological Association.
As researchers, professionals in the field may be studying such areas as:
It’s important to note that according to APA policy and licensing laws, the term “psychologist” is reserved for people who have a doctoral degree. However, as practitioners, professionals with a Master’s in Psychology may practice in specialized areas such as:
Even within these areas, there is room to be both a researcher and a practitioner. For example, neuropsychology specialists can help individuals recovering from brain injuries as well as research how diseases can affect emotions and behavior.
Psychology professionals with a master’s degree typically work under the supervision of psychologists. According to the American Psychological Association, “most master’s degrees in psychology are awarded in clinical, counseling, and I/O psychology,” but there are many industries that employ psychology professionals.
Specific job locations for individuals with a psychology master’s often include clinical settings (such as clinical social workers), schools, industry, and government. Positions that require data analysis, personnel issues, measurement and testing, are typically held by those with a master’s in psychology.
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