Careers in Psychology

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Careers in Psychology

  1. 1. This PowerPoint is based on a talk given in 2008 to a group of visiting Sixth Formers by Patricia Wright School of Psychology Cardiff University Careers in Psychology
  2. 2. Outline • Wide variety of Chartered Psychologist jobs with some examples of daily life • Other jobs psychologists do • Branching out after a psychology degree • How to find out more
  3. 3. Variety of jobs after BPS Chartered Status • Clinical Psychology • Educational Psychology • Occupational Psychology • Counselling Psychology • Forensic Psychology • Health Psychology • Sport & Exercise Psychology • Neuropsychology • Teaching and Research in Psychology n>9
  4. 4. 2. Take a further accredited course - e.g. D.Ed. Psy. or M.Sc.Occupational How to become Chartered 1. Take a degree that the BPS accredits. This gives you GBR Graduate Basis for Registration as Member of BPS A good degree (2.1) may be needed. Work experience may be necessary. 1 year3 years
  5. 5. Chartered Psychologists What do they do?
  6. 6. Clinical Psychology • Clinical • Educational • Occupational • Counselling • Forensic • Health • Sport & Exercise • Neuropsychology • Teaching and Research Help people who have • serious mental illness • depression • anxiety • child & family problems
  7. 7. Life as a Clinical Psychologist Where? Mostly in NHS: hospitals, health centres, community mental health teams - child & adolescent mental health, social services. How? Part of team with social workers, medics, other health professionals. Assess people’s mental health via psychometric tests, interviews . . . . Pay £25k - £80k+
  8. 8. Educational Psychology • Clinical • Educational • Occupational • Counselling • Forensic • Health • Sport & Exercise • Neuropsychology • Teaching and Research • Help children and young people develop and learn • Assessing child’s special educational needs • Provide courts & local authorities with reports.
  9. 9. Life as an Educational Psychologist Where? Mostly for Local Education Authorities, some private, in nurseries, schools, colleges, special units. How? Assess child’s learning problems and plan support. May work with child, parents or school. Write reports for SEN or courts. Involved in policy planning. Pay £25k - £60k
  10. 10. Occupational Psychology • Clinical • Educational • Occupational • Counselling • Forensic • Health • Sport & Exercise • Neuropsychology • Teaching and Research • Improve the effectiveness of organisations • satisfaction of employees
  11. 11. Life as an Occupational Psychologist Where? In large organisations, both private and public (e.g. Civil Service), or private consultancies (e.g. management training centres). How? Working alongside managers, trade union reps, etc to change working conditions. Involved in selection and training. Pay £35k - £70k
  12. 12. Counselling • Clinical • Educational • Occupational • Counselling • Forensic • Health • Sport & Exercise • Neuropsychology • Teaching and Research Help people deal with • personal and family problems • bereavement • stress, effects of trauma, etc.
  13. 13. Forensic Psychology • Clinical • Educational • Occupational • Counselling • Forensic • Health • Sport & Exercise • Neuropsychology • Teaching & Research • Offender profiling to aid detection • treatment programs for offenders • assessment for parole boards • training & selection of police & magistrates
  14. 14. Health Psychology . . . • Clinical • Educational • Occupational • Counselling • Forensic • Health • Sport & Exercise • Neuropsychology • Teaching & Research • preventing ill health, both physical & mental • changing attitudes and behaviours • help patients in the self-management of their illness
  15. 15. Not needing chartership Variety of jobs • Psychotherapy UK Council for Psychotherapy British Confed. for Psychotherapists • Hypnotherapy • Child Psychology • Organisational Psychology • Consumer Psychology • Aviation Psychology • Environmental Psychology • Gambling Psychology • Animal Psychology n>9 X
  16. 16. Where a psych degree is a good starting point Variety of jobs • Human Computer Interaction • Advertising • Public Relations • Human Resources • Management • Teaching • Social work • Music/art therapy • Rehabilitation • Data analyst • etc >10 Usability professionals design & evaluate products - making them more efficient, effective & enjoyable.
  17. 17. Professional overlaps in client support Psychologists often work with multidisciplinary teams Ψ Ψ
  18. 18. Opportunities for work in psychology are expanding in number and scope, especially for those with graduate degrees An undergraduate degree remains excellent preparation for graduate work in psychology or for another field, such as business, medicine, or computer science. Future prospects APA
  19. 19. Further information BPS careers booklet can be downloaded from School website and is also at www.bps.org.uk Teach Yourself Applied Psychology Nicky Hayes (2003). London: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd. The American Psychological Association booklet on careers in psychology can be downloaded from www.apa.org Psychology Student Employability Guide can be downloaded from School website Former students talk about their work experiences at www. psychology.heacademy.ac.uk/html/call_for_case_ studies.asp Further Information

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