IN TWO MINDS – SHOULD I BE A PSYCHOLOGIST OR NOT?

Psychology is the study of human minds and behaviour, and as a degree subject can open doorways
to many different career pathways. The main topics you will focus on in a psychology degree are
clinical, health, occupational, research, counselling, forensic, sport, and several others.

As it’s such a diverse area of study it allows development in many skill sets and broadens your
options after university. Even if you decide to look for jobs not directly related to the field of
psychology, employers will still value the skills you learn and use in other industries that will provide
you with many opportunities for the future.

WHY A PSYCHOLOGIST?

Being a psychologist is a very rewarding career pathway to take. Psychology is a subject that is growing in popularity every year, in fact it is one of the most common degrees to take in the UK and the US. It is a career that is relevant in science and arts; psychologists can be found in many sectors that you might not think of immediately, like business, education and sports.

Psychologists usually work with people in scientific communities to help people overcome mental disorders that affect their life. However, there are many areas a psychologist could work in; addictions, family relationship issues, trauma survivors, forensics or prisoners, employers in the workplace and learning disabilities with children.
The main aim of a psychologist is always to improve the wellbeing and performance of the people they work with and to promote better, happier lives. If you’re a person who enjoys the sound of this then a career in psychology might be right for you.

WHAT KINDS OF JOBS CAN I DO WITH A PSYCHOLOGY DEGREE?

A psychology degree can be the starting point of many different opportunities to further in your field of specialisation as you progress in your chosen career, and there are many fields of expertise like these:
▪ Psychiatrist
▪ Clinical Psychologist
▪ Forensic Psychologist
▪ Occupational Psychologist ▪ Sport Psychologist
▪ Educational Psychologist

However, the best part is that if you do decide that working as a psychologist is not for you anymore, many employers will still accept you with your degree even if the role is not directly related to the field of psychology. This is because a psychology degree accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) equips you with the skills and aptitude that employers value and need, such as critical thinking, numerical skills and emotional intelligence.


Here are some of the possible careers mentioned above with some more detail about what they do, the top employers, their job aims and how much they earn. Don’t forget to take a look at the tables below each section for the ultimate earning potential, the approximate career progressions and associated salary for each type.



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