Prerequisites for studying Psychology: Studying psychology in +2 is not a requirement although having studied it will improve your understanding at the grad level.Hence,it is also a stream neutral course.
Career options in psychology are as follows
1. Army Psychologist
Army psychologists are the professionals responsible for the mental well-being of Army soldiers, veterans, and their families. Like traditional psychologists, these professionals diagnose and treat a variety of different mental disorders, such as anxiety, depression, and substance abuse. Unlike traditional psychologists, however, Army psychologists are trained to deal specifically with the special needs of members of the armed forces. Since deployment can be a very stressful time for enlisted soldiers and their families, Army psychologists will also usually meet with soldiers who are getting ready to leave home. During this time, they will offer counseling and therapy to help treat any mental disorders, such as depression.
Biogerontology careers are primarily research based careers. Professionals in this field will often conduct vast amounts of research on the process of aging and all of the ailments associated with it.Many biogerontologists will choose a specialty, which may include such things as Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, cancer, cardiovascular disease, hair loss, osteoporosis, and wrinkles.
Besides directly studying humans and animals,biogerontologists will also usually study other factors that might influence aging. This includes our environments and lifestyles. Studies have long ago proven that such factors as breathing in large amounts of air pollution and smoking can cause diseases that are commonly seen in elderly individuals, such as cancer and emphysema. Other environmental and lifestyle factors that can contribute to disease and illness during old age may include obesity, substance abuse, chronic illnesses, and mental health issues.
3. Child Psychologist
Child psychologists are responsible for studying, analyzing, and diagnosing the mental, social, and emotional development and behavior of children from birth through adolescence. Some of the things that child psychologists study include genetics, personality and brain development, social maturation, and language development. They are also charged with helping identify, prevent, and treat social, emotional, and developmental issues that inevitably arise in children.
4. Clinical Psychologists
Clinical psychologists are the psychologists in charge of analyzing, identifying, treating, and preventing mental disorders and issues. Don‚Äôt mistake them for medical doctors as they can‚Äôt prescribe medical treatment in most of the country, instead they work in private practice, or state-run hospitals, or an academic environment and study psychological disorders such as schizophrenia and depression. Their job is to help their patients identify, understand, and treat both common and serious mental disorders.
5. Cognitive Neuroscientists¬†
Cognitive Neuroscientists examine and understand brain functions and how they relate to behavior and development. Their primary job responsibility is to study and conduct research on how and why humans think and behave the way they do. They combine science and psychological knowledge to try and understand how behavior and actions are controlled by neural activity and functions.
6. Consumer Psychologist
Consumer Psychologists study and analyze how thoughts, beliefs, perceptions, ideas, and impulses impact people‚Äôs behavior as consumers. They study how and why people use, buy, and experience certain products and then they draw psychologically-based conclusions surrounding consumer behavior, trends, and patterns. Consumer psychologists often look at factors such as decision-making, impulse control, and social and cultural influences when examining consumer behaviour.
7. Counselling Psychologist
Counselling Psychologists focus on the emotional, social, educational, and developmental behavior on people and use that research to help encourage and facilitate more successful personal and interpersonal behavior. Counseling psychologists do everything from consulting work for government agencies and large schools to individual and group therapy for those suffering from substance abuse, anxiety disorders, and many others.
8. Educational Psychologist
Educational Psychologists have the unenviable job of studying and understanding how people are capable of learning in educational settings, the efficacy of certain educational methods, and the effectiveness of the instructional process. They help identify gifted and disabled learners and try to drill down to the root of the problem in hopes of identifying and treating issues in the early stages. Educational psychologists take a proactive rather than reactive approach to the job and use their research to improve educational experiences for people of all learning styles.
9. Forensic Psychologist
Forensic Psychologists are the intermediaries between the field of psychology and the justice system because they are responsible for applying psychology to the field of justice, criminal investigation, and law. Forensic psychologists are called upon during legal disputes like custody battles, insurance hearings, and other types of lawsuits. They investigate reports, evaluate the behavior of both parties, and determine mental competency of defendants.
And the list is endless…
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