Hannah, a 19 year old female from the Internet asks on January 21, 2000,I am very interested in getting into the field of Psychology and would appreciate basic and scientific information.
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This is a difficult question, especially for psychology, which is perhaps the biggest discipline around. Psychology careers can be roughly divided into two types:
Psychology is a challenging field to make a career in because it's so interesting that a lot of people go into it. Psychology is usually one of the biggest departments at universities. Jobs with a Bachelor's are limited, especially good jobs. Research can be a good career if someone is highly motivated and really enjoys it. But it's only worth doing if you get satisfaction from the work -- otherwise, the money and sacrifices are not worth it. Clinical psychology is even tougher and it's really, really hard to get accepted to a PhD program in that field and few people make it.
In order to find out what you like before you devote 5-10 years of your life, I would recommend talking to as many people as you can about a career in Psychology, and doing volunteer work to give you a taste of what it's really like.
To give an idea of the kinds of jobs psychologists do, here is a follow-up study done on a group of people who graduated between 1986-1990 in Canada:
Of those working, jobs included: clinical psychology (3.5%), education and human services (36%), business, professions & trades (61%)
(1992 values for recent grads -- I hope it gets better later)
So how would I summarize it? Psychology is a fun and interesting subject to study, but is not that employable, though it is a good stepping stone to other professions. My main advice would be to try as many different 'hands-on' experiences as possible early on to see what's right for you.
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