The medical field is one of the fastest growing fields and one area is the psychology field. Psychologists study how the mind works and help people with their feelings and emotions. However, to get started in the psychology field, you will need to narrow down your choices.
What is Psychology?
To get started, it is important to learn about psychology careers and what your job will entail. Psychologists help their clients handle their emotions and thoughts by finding the cause. This can be done through different types of therapy. Some of the areas that psychology will include are social, abnormal, clinical, research, and more.
The first step to a psychology career is getting the education necessary. In order to be a psychologist, you must start with a Bachelor’s degree. It is up to you whether you go through the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science program. However, once you obtain that degree, you will need to get your Master’s in psychology. Finally, you will need to get your doctorate and then pass the licensing if required by your city. While you are working on your Master’s and/or your doctorate, you will have the ability to work in under a licensed psychologist to help gain experience.
Starting Your Own Private Practice
Just because you have a degree in psychology, you may not make a large amount of money. The money is found in private practices. If you are interested in having your own private practice you will want to consider the accelerated programs that will let you go from getting a Bachelor’s Degree and skip straight to getting a doctorate. This will have you ready to help others faster, but you will still have to complete a dissertation.
Unfortunately, speeding up the process will only be useful so that you can start your training early. The university you attend will inform you how many clinical hours you will need to complete to get your psychology doctorate. Most states will require you to participate in an internship program for a few years and then work in another office for at least two years before taking the state psychology exam. The exam will either be written or written and oral, but you will be required to continue training even after successfully obtaining the license to practice.
The best way to get started in the psychology field is begin shadowing therapists and counselors during the late years of high school and get into classes immediately into college. The sooner you start working with a practice, the sooner you will be able to branch out on your own. Working with an experienced psychologist not only helps you learn the field, it also helps you form bonds with people and what is necessary for a successful practice.