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Good job prospects await trained psychologists

Psychology Graduates are in much demand in most countries across the globe and you can find work opportunities in a wide range of fields such as law, management, education, and social work.

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The job prospects for psychology graduates are great. With more and more people experiencing increased levels of stress today, the services of a trained psychologist are in high demand.

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Studying the human mind and behaviour has never been a more lucrative career option. Psychology graduates are in much demand in most countries across the globe and you can find work opportunities in a wide range of fields such as law, management, education, and social work.

If you are keen on pursuing a degree in psychology, its worthwhile considering getting the degree abroad from one of the leading universities in the UK, Australia or USA. But before you finalise the institution for your studies, ensure you pick one that is accredited and ranks well for the research it carries out in the area of psychology.

The course you choose should ideally have a good balance between theory, practice and clinical studies.

For example, the undergraduate courses offered by the School of Psychology at Bangor University, UK, are ranked in the top 5 in the UK for Student Satisfaction and have the highest possible Quality Assurance Agency ranking of “Excellent’. Their master’s courses are known to cover a number of specialist areas that reflect the mix of research expertise within the department.

If you are planning to enrol for a bachelor’s degree in psychology, having chemistry, biology and physics as your high school subjects will help you get through the course with greater ease. There are a lot of sub-disciplines of psychology you can choose from, including social psychology, clinical psychology, occupational health, and cognitive psychology, forensic psychology. Most of the courses offered abroad provide valuable theoretical and practical experience in the area, and equip graduates with transferable skills to enter the workplace. A typical degree in psychology covers various topics such as mental illness, anxiety, child abuse, drug addiction, aggression and war.

As a trained psychologist, you will find yourself equipped to perform a number of tasks in different industries, ranging from conducting therapeutic interviews, carrying out psychological tests, evaluating sources of different problems, and adopting specific counselling and treatment techniques. Psychologists can also provide support in areas like study motivation, teaching skills, occupational behaviour, and team dynamics. You can evaluate mental and emotional states of people, offering various treatment solutions.

Career opportunities are aplenty for psychology graduates. With more people experiencing increased levels of stress, the services of a psychologist are in high demand today. Counselling and teaching are some of the traditional approaches. You can start your own private practice or work with hospitals and government agencies. Many large companies are employing psychologists to help the management with issues such as work-life balance, team dynamics, and other employee health-related issues.

Introduction to clinical psychology

Clinical psychology has evolved into a dynamic field that has grown up fast along with other more established professions in health care. If you are considering a career in clinical psychology, it is important to understand what the three major activities of clinical psychologists are, i.e. research, assessment, and psychotherapy, across their three most common work environments, that is, university, medical school, and clinical settings.

Clinical psychologists apply research findings in the fields of mental and physical health to explain and treat dysfunctional behavior. The problems they address are diverse and include mental illness, mental retardation, marital and family issues, chemical dependency, and criminal behavior.

People consult clinical psychologists for treatment when their behaviors or attitudes are harmful to themselves or others. Many different treatment types and methodologies are employed by psychologists, depending on the setting in which they work and their theoretical orientation. Most of the types of therapy are derived from methods such as behaviour modification and cognitive-behaviour therapy.

Work Environment 

Clinical psychologists usually work in hospitals and clinics, or maintain their own private practices. Many clinical psychologists also work in medical centers where they deliver treatment and conduct research activities. While those employed in hospitals or other health facilities may have to work evenings and weekends, psychologists with their own private practice can set their own work hours.Psychologists employed as faculty by colleges and universities usually divide their time between teaching and research. Many also have part-time consulting practices.

Psychologists employed as faculty by colleges and universities usually divide their time between teaching and research. Many also have part-time consulting practices.Most psychologists in hospitals today work as part of a team, consulting with their colleagues s and other medical professionals.

Most psychologists in hospitals today work as part of a team, consulting with their colleagues s and other medical professionals.Clinical psychology can be both a demanding and deeply rewarding profession. But due to the nature of problems treated, immense patience is required to deal with patients.

Clinical psychology can be both a demanding and deeply rewarding profession. But due to the nature of problems treated, immense patience is required to deal with patients.

Career Opportunities

Someone who has completed a course in clinical psychology will be able to find jobs in either the government or private sector. One will also be able to find jobs in licensed psychiatric nursing homes. Clinical psychologists are also employed in NGOs who offer counseling services.

Students of clinical psychology will find plenty of job openings in different countries including India, the UK, USA, Australia and Singapore. The profession is only now slowly evolving in India and is set to grow substantially in the next few years.

Students of clinical psychology will find plenty of job openings in different countries including India, the UK, USA, Australia and Singapore. The profession is only now slowly evolving in India and is set to grow substantially in the next few years.

What to Study

Various courses in clinical psychology are offered by universities and institutes across the world. The most common path for students who are serious about the profession is:

  1. Bachelors degree in Psychology or Social Sciences with a major in Psychology
  2. Masters degree in Psychology
  3. Doctorate in Clinical Psychology

With only a bachelor’s degree or master’s degree in psychology, you will be able to either assist other professionals and psychologists in clinical settings, or teach the subject. It is only a doctorate degree, which is a professional training course, that will allow you to practice the science. Clinical placements during your course give you the hands-on experience you require to start practicing the profession after you graduate.It is important to choose a course that effectively synergizes the clinical, academic and research components of training and provides an integrated learning process.

It is important to choose a course that effectively synergizes the clinical, academic and research components of training and provides an integrated learning process.

Entry Requirements

Some graduate programmes accept applicants with undergraduate degrees in other disciplines, but most encourage students to get a bachelor’s degree in psychology before pursuing graduate study in clinical psychology.To apply for the doctorate degree, you need to have either completed an honours degree or master’s degree in clinical psychology.

To apply for the doctorate degree, you need to have either completed an honours degree or master’s degree in clinical psychology.

Worried about choosing the right course?

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