Welcome to the fifth week of the Psychology Career e-Course! In today’s course, you will learn more about different applied psychology career options. In the previous lesson, we took a closer look at careers in the human and social service fields. It is important to note that there is some overlap between application and social service occupations. For example, clinical psychology, school psychology, and health psychology can be considered as applied and social service fields.
Applied psychologists use their knowledge of psychological theories and principles to solve real-world problems. Fortunately, there are many different applied psychology careers to choose from. The following are just some of the best options you should consider.
Do you like solving real world problems? Consider becoming…
- Forensic Psychologist
- Due to many popular TV shows and movies, interest in the field of forensic psychology has greatly increased in recent years. The focus of this profession is the application of psychological principles and practices to legal and criminal investigations. Forensic psychologists perform a wide range of duties, such as investigating suspected child abuse, participating in child custody cases, assessing ability to stand trial, and serving as expert witnesses in court.Learn more about becoming a forensic psychologist to find out if forensic psychology is right for you.
- Industrial organization psychologist
- The field of industrial organization psychology focuses on the study of workplaces, organizations, and employees. From private consulting companies to government offices, professionals in this field can be found in many settings. Workplace incentives, employee selection, job performance, occupational safety, human resources, and leadership training are just some of the things that I/O psychologists may investigate or participate in.Learn more about becoming an industrial organization psychologist.
- Sports psychologist
- Sports psychologists are interested in how psychology affects sports performance and vice versa. They often work directly with athletes to teach specific skills, improve performance and improve motivation.They often teach psychological skills such as visualization, positive self-talk, imagination and goal setting, and work with athletes, students, parents, coaches and even professional athletes. Learn more about becoming a sports psychologist.
- Human Factors Psychologist
- Human factors psychology is a multidisciplinary field involving psychology, cognitive science, engineering, design, and statistics. Professionals engaged in human factors often design ergonomic products or work environments, strive to improve workplace safety, find ways to improve interfaces to achieve maximum efficiency, and study human-computer interaction.If you are interested in psychology and other fields such as engineering, computing, or educational technology, then human factors may be a very interesting choice.Learn more about becoming a human factors psychologist
- Health psychologist
- Health psychology is an evolving field that focuses on the psychological, biological, and social factors that affect individual health. People working in this field often work in health clinics, hospitals, and universities to help clients lose weight, quit smoking, control stress, or improve nutrition.Health psychologists usually work in one of three main areas: research, public policy, and clinical. People in research and public policy positions can investigate ways to help people become healthier, while people in the clinical field usually work directly with clients to help them overcome or prevent health problems.Learn more about the ins and outs of becoming a health psychologist
Your assignment: Are you interested in a career in applied psychology?
Your goal this week should be to spend some time writing in your career reflection journal. What do you think of the career in applied psychology? Are you interested in any specific work in this field? Remember, this assignment has no grading and no due date. Your reflection log is designed to help you explore different work paths and hope to find the path that suits you.
So in today’s reflection log, first answer this question: Are you interested in a career in applied psychology? Why or why not? If you find yourself attracted to this field, try to explain why applied careers are a great fit for your interests. If you are not interested in this field, just take some time to pay attention to the reasons why some applied occupations are not suitable for you.As we mentioned before, sometimes understand you do not Wanting a job is as important as knowing your own job Do think.
Congratulations on completing the fifth lesson! So far, we have covered a lot of information, but we have not finished it yet. In the following courses, we will study entry-level occupations, advanced occupations, average wages and job prospects in various professional fields.