Welcome to week eight of the Careers in Psychology e-course! While many people might dream about becoming a psychologist, there are a number of considerations you should take into account before you can turn your dream into reality. In today's lesson, you will learn about the educational and training requirements for becoming a psychologist.
Training and Educational Requirements
The required preparation for a career in psychology depends largely on which specialty area you are interested in. For example, becoming a clinical psychologist requires earning a doctorate, completing a supervised residency, and passing state licensing exams. Becoming an industrial-organizational psychologist, on the other hand, typically requires earning either a master's or doctorate in psychology. There are a number of career options available for those with doctoral, master's and bachelor's degrees in psychology. Learn more about your options and the training and educational requirements.
Accreditation and Licensing Requirements
In many cases, specific specialty careers have special licensing and certification requirements in order to practice in the field. Such requirements can include earning a graduate degree in a particular subject area, completing an internship or residency, passing professional exams, and completing continuing education credits. Learn more about accreditation and licensing requirements for psychologists .
Steps in Becoming a Psychologist
This can be an exciting career choice with a wide variety of specialty areas and opportunities, but many students have questions about exactly what they need to do to become a psychologist. The following steps detail the process you will need to follow in order to become a psychologist .
Your Assignment: Your Personal Career Plan
Now that you know about some of the requirements for becoming a psychologist, it is time to think about your own career plans. At this point in the course, you probably have a pretty good idea about whether you want to become a psychologist and which specialty area you want to pursue. Your assignment for this week is to create a general plan for how you want to reach your career goals.
In your career reflection journal, answer the following questions:
- Which specialty area do you plan to pursue?
- What are the educational and training requirements for your chosen profession?
- What is your timetable for pursuing a degree and entering this profession?
Congratulations on completing lesson eight in the careers course! In the next lesson, we will explore salary information for different psychology professions.
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