Psychology is the study of human as well as animal behavior. It is the study and understanding of normal and abnormal behavior, mental ability, perception, developmental, and individual differences. Psychology allows one to acquire skills in research, information gathering, and analytical thinking. Psychology involves many areas of specialization, which may include behavioral neuroscience, cognitive, clinical, educational, social, developmental, and organizational psychology.
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Skills Needed For This Career
Interpersonal Communication (oral and written)
Engage in Ethical Practice
Knowledge of Human Development & Behavior
Able to Observe, Analyze, & Interpret Information
Concern for and Sensitivity to Others
Critical and Inferential Thinking
Insight to Deal Effectively with People
Able to Promote Healthy Relationships
Ability to Resolve or Mediate Conflicts
Understanding of Group Dynamics
Links To Professional Associations
Professional Associations are important to explore because many offer student memberships and can give you access to other professionals and their experiences, research, convention or workshop opportunities, professional development and most importantly job databases.
American Counseling Association
American Mental Health Counselor Association
American Psychological Association
American Psychological Association
Society of Counseling Psychology
Association for Psychological Science
National Board for Certified Counselors
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
Society for Human Resource Management
Association for Applied Sports Psychology
National Association of School Psychologists
Job Search/Career Information
http://www.careersinpsychology.org - career and licensure info, jobs, experts, and internships.
http://nursingdegreeguide.com/psych- for psychology majors exploring nursing as a career option
http://www.counselor-license.com - resource to explore requirements for pursuing licensure as a counselor in Florida and other states.
http://www.psychologydegree411.com - free resource for students looking to enter or advance in the psychology field with in-depth school and career advice articles, profiles of psychology degree programs, and state-by-state guides to licensure
http://www.psychologist-license.com - this site is designed to simplify and expedite the search for licensure requirements in each state
http://www.psychology.org- A user friendly comprehensive resources for the psychology field's prospective students and job seekers.
LearnPsychology- This will offer extra helpful resource for your students to explore various career profiles and learn about the various disciplines within Psychology.
Graduate and Professional Schools
Link To UNF Program
The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Florida offers a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.
Psychology- Investigative; Social; Artistic (ISA)
Child Psychology- Social; Artistic; Investigative (SAI)
Career Action Plan
- Conduct an informational interview with or shadow a professional in the field to gain more knowledge about this career
- Do at least one internship related to your career goal/program of study before graduating to gain experience
- Get involved in volunteer work and community service
- Develop leadership skills through on-campus activities such as Presidential Envoys, Residence Assistant, Student Government, Peer Advisor, etc.
- Develop team skills through involvement in student clubs and organizations on campus
- Join a professional association related to your career choice