Making Career as a Psychologist

Psychology is both a science and an art. Pursuing career as a psychologist includes using scientific methods to apply them in the practical setting. You can succeed if you command a fine understanding of human and non-human behavior coupled with a methodical approach.

Who is a Psychologist?

A brief synopsis

Psychology is the study of emotional and behavioral aspects of human beings as well as animals. A psychologist is simply a person who applies this knowledge and skill to solve the mental, emotional and behavioral issues of people. Psychologists make their career in a variety of occupations ranging from conducting behavioral research to being consultants to communities and organizations. They can be found in corporate offices, health care centers, schools, hospitals, courtrooms, laboratories and so on. A psychologist has to be innovative, creative and most importantly scientific in his approach. This involves careful observation, experimentation and analysis, which gradually substantiates a psychologist's experience and makes him mature.

A psychologist may opt to assume one of the three types of roles in his career, namely an applied psychologist, a research psychologist or a mental health psychologist. Applied psychologists deal with the human world problems like aviation, engineering, human factors and organizations. On the other hand, a research psychologist primarily conducts studies and research with human or animal participants. The mental health psychologists work to solve the mental problems of their patients in hospitals, schools or in private practice.

Branches of Psychology

Psychology, being a diverse field of study has a wide range of streams for career making. Psychology aspirants can shape up their career in the following branches of study,

  • Clinical psychology
  • School psychology
  • Counseling psychology
  • Biopsychology
  • Genetic counseling
  • Forensic psychology
  • Engineering psychology
  • Educational psychology
  • Sports psychology
  • Abnormal psychology
  • Behavioral psychology
  • Social psychology
  • Cross cultural psychology
  • Cognitive psychology
  • Positive psychology
  • Human factor psychology
  • Health psychology
  • I/O psychology
  • Comparative psychology
  • Developmental psychology
  • Police psychology
  • Design psychology
  • Animal psychology
  • Community psychology

Education and Skill Requirement

To make a career in psychology you need a degree in psychology and a bunch of particular qualities in you. The courses range from undergraduate to doctorate level, but most of the people earn a doctorate level certificate to enhance their success chance in this area. In addition to educational qualifications, you also must possess some inherent traits without which it is practically tough to derive any earning potential from this field.

A psychologist invariably needs to have some people skills like patience, attention, listening skills, analytical ability, observational skills and so on. The capability to read the meaning behind the body language and action of people is vital for making a dream career in this field.

Top Institutes Offering Psychology Courses

  • Lady Sri Ram College for Women, New Delhi
  • Amity University - Lucknow Campus
  • AIMS Institutes, Bengaluru
  • Saint Xavier's College, Mumbai
  • University of Calcutta, Kolakata
  • Ferguson College, Pune
  • Kamala Nehru College for Women, New Delhi
  • Mithibai College of Arts, Mumbai
  • Presidency College, Chennai
  • Christ (Deemed to be University), Bengaluru
  • Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi
  • Saint Xavier's College, ahamedabad
  • Amity University, Jaipur, Mumbai, Gwalior
  • Quantum Institute of Graduate Studies, Quantum University, Roorkee
  • Brainware University, Kolakata
  • Mount Carmel College, Bengaluru
  • S K Somaiya Degree College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Mumbai
  • The Maharaja Saiyajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara
  • NIMS University, Jaipur
  • Ramanujan College, Kalkaji, New Delhi
  • Symbiosis School of Liberal Arts, Pune
  • Bethune College, Kolkata
  • Amity University, Noida
  • Gargi College, New Delhi
  • Ambedakar University Delhi, New Delhi
  • Lovely Professional University, Jalandhar
  • St. Pauls College, Bengaluru
  • Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai
  • Nizam College, Hyderabad
  • Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi
  • Jain University, Bangaluru
  • Uttarakhand Open University, Haldawani
  • Nalanda Open University, Patna
  • Reva University, Bengaluru
  • Chandigarh University, Chandigarh
  • Institute of Social Sciences and Humanity, Bengaluru
  • Aryan Group of Colleges, Patiyala
  • Christ University, Bangaluru
  • MIT  School of Vedic Sciences, Pune
  • Aryabhatt College, New Delhi
  • Saint Joseph's College, Bangaluru
  • Villa Marie College for Women, Hyderabad
  • Lucknow University, Lucknow
  • Reva University, Bangaluru
  • Saint Thomas College of Arts and Science, Chennai
  • Osmania University College for Women, Hyderabad
  • Kerala University, Thiruvananthapuram
  • University of Mysore, Mysore
  • Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar
  • Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gorakhpur University, Gorakhpur

Career Growth Opportunities

Psychology is one of the most thrilling streams of study serving a wide range of choice to its aspirants. You have the possibility to get placed as forensic psychologist, trial consultant, design psychologist, educational psychologist or an industrial psychologist or start your job in any other discipline applicable to your degree. You also have an option to practice independently at your own office. You even can turn a science fiction writer provided you do have a knack for it.

Possibilities are tremendous, but a psychology degree will give you only as much as you can make out of it. Demand of psychology professionals is, however, rising day by day, so that you should not find it difficult to make your career as a psychologist.