So you want to be a Psychologist?

Definition/Description of Occupation: Psychologists help people deal with problems of everyday living. Some work in schools to help students with behavior problems. Others may help solve problems in places where people work. Psychologists study the human mind and try to explain why people act as they do. They do research to help solve people's problems.

1. Job security is usually good and the demand for psychologists is increasing.
2. You get to make a difference in people's liveswhen they need it the most, which can be very rewarding.
3. You get to meet new people and hear their interesting stories.
4. You learn how to understand and conceptualize things from different perspectives, which can end up helping with your personal life.
5. You gain self-satisfaction from watching your patients improve and I actually feel good about discharging a client when they have met their treatment goals.
6. Some Psychologists can set their own hours.


1. You have to go to school for a long time and study a lot.
2. High cost of education and training
3. Very competitive, so you have to be patient and diligent
4. Emotional burn-out- if you don't take steps to keep your own mental health in check or you take on too much, you will find yourself feeling emotionally exhausted, or angry with patients, which id not a good thing.
5. Safety (in SOME cases)- For the most part, settings where psychologists work are very safe. However, in some settings (like jails), your safety can be compromised.
6. Disrespect- You have dedicated your career to helping others but some people will continue to doubt your motives or tell you that your profession is stupid.

Educational Requirements:
- Go to college and get a bachelors degree in pyschology.
- Get as much experience as you can working with graduate students and your professors on research studies .
- Explore your own interests and likes in psychology.
- After college, you must attend graduate school (try choosing a school that is inexpensive)
- If you want to go into research or teach at a college or university after your doctorate, then go for a Ph.D. degree. If teaching or research is of less interest to you, focus your energies on a Psy.D. degree. Both are well recognized and accepted within the field, and you can do anything with either degree. But a Psy.D. often is accompanied with less stress and requirements to complete, making it somewhat easier.
- If you are in need of practicing, find a garduate program that offers hands on practice


Different types of Pyschologists
-Research psychologists usually work at colleges or universities, doing studies and teaching certain courses
-Industrial psychologists usually work for companies or corperations, helping manage the employees
-Forensic and neuropsychologists often work in private practice.
-Forensic psychologists often have to testify in court and court settings (becoming very familiar with laywers and the law),
-Neuropsychologists often work in hospital settings, working well with medical doctors
-Clinical psychologists work in a variety of settings, most often private practice or public mental health. You will also find them in clinical counseling centers at universities and colleges, helping students with milder problems of adjusting to college life. These psychologists all work in office settings, sometimes in conjunction with other mental health professionals such as psychiatrists and social workers.

For starters, the salary usually ranges from about $30,00-$45,00. After a few years of work, the salary usually ranges aanywhere between $50,00-$80,000. This is a wide range but it all depends on what kind of psychologist you choose to be.

Glossary of Psychological terms

Anxiety- A state of ongoing, gnawing agitation and restlessness, usually accompanied by a churning feeling in the stomach, tight muscles, sweaty palms, shallow breathing and feelings of light-headedness. Anxiety is different from fear in that it usually originates from an inner conflict that the person may not be consciously aware of and therefore is not easily resolved. Anxiety can leave a person feeling immobilised and useless.
Counseling- Counselling generally involves addressing concerns with your relationship, marriage, alcohol or drug use, anger management, grief or depression.
Depression- Depression is characterised by a heavy, lifeless feeling in which a person feels very little energy or motivation to do anything at all. Feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness and guilt are aspects of depression and can become as severe as feeling suicidal. Depressed people can have difficulty crying or feeling any other emotions at all.
Disorder- A disturbance in physical or mental health or functions.
Emotional Freedom Techniques- Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) is a type of therapy developed by Gary Craig that aims to help people overcome their anxieties and other difficulties in a short period of time. It is a combination of accupuncture but without the needles and traditional talk-type therapy.
Medicine- Any substance used in treating a condition.
Mental Health- psychological well-being and satisfactory adjustment to society and to the ordinary demands of life.
Problem- A question proposed for a solution or discussion.
Psychology- The science of the mind or of mental states and processes.
Stimulus- Anything in the enviornment that one responds to.
Treatment- Giving medicine or practicing a remedy to handle a situation.

Amanda is currently in eighth grade at Rye Middle School. For fun, She likes to play field hockey, squash, tennis, and lacrosse. She also enjoys swimming, watching movies, reading, and having fun with her friends. She likes to help people with their problems and she is interested in becoming a psychologist when she's older.

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