A Variety of Careers Within Psychology

A Variety of Careers Within Psychology

by Johnny S

Finding the right fit for you in any profession can be tricky. Psychology jobs are no different to biomedical science jobs, for example. This is largely due to the huge variety of types of psychology it is possible to specialise into. In this article, we’ll look at a handful of different types of psychology specialities, and what they can offer you in terms of a job satisfaction.

Clinical Psychologist:

This type of psychology is focused on improving the mental wellbeing of your clients. This may take the form of an NHS role, working closely with victims of trauma or substance abuse. You may find yourself working as part of a medical team in a hospital, making sure the wellbeing of a patient isn’t being compromised, and to create coping mechanisms for certain medical procedures.

Counselling Psychologist:

This in many ways is similar to that of a clinical psychologist. This role will be helping people with specific life issues such as bereavement, domestic violence, traumas, substance abuse and relationship problems. These clients may suffer from a wide range of mental issues such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, PTSD or even psychosis. In this role, you are focusing on enabling a client to be able to help themselves. With a key focus being put on both short and long term development of clients.

Educational Psychologist:

This role focuses on helping children and young adults under 25. Often it will be based around helping children with certain mental problems they have that are hindering their learning and development. This might be on a practical side of things, or looking more at emotional and social issues affecting a child. You’ll need to be able to liaise with a group of different stakeholders, such as teachers, parents, social workers, and anyone else who is involved within a child’s wellbeing.

Occupational psychologist:

This role combines a deep knowledge of psychology, with an understanding of organisational issues in a workplace setting. This could involve helping teams work better together, by uncovering problems within a team on a mental level, and helping to address conflict in the workplace if it occurs. The motivation for this sort of role stems from knowing you will be improving people’s job satisfaction levels. As well as knowing a company is benefiting due to an increase in effectiveness, as people with higher job satisfactions are going to throw themselves into their work more.

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