Psychologists study human behavior and the mental processes that cause us to do what
we do. Some psychologists conduct research. Others may counsel and conduct training
programs, do market research, or provide mental health services in hospitals, clinics
and private settings.
Representative Job Titles and Areas of Specialization
* See Training section
||Loan Credit Reporter
|Affirmative Action Officer
|Assistant Retail Buyer
||Marriage, Family, Child Counselor *
|Career Counselor *
||Mental Health Assistant
||Opinion Survey Researcher
|Clinical Psychologist *
|Community Organization Director
|Community Relations Officer
|Day Care Center Director *
|Disability Evaluation Trainee
||Rehabilitation Counselor *
|Educational Psychologist *
|Experimental Psychologist *
||School Psychologist/Counselor *
||Social Psychologist *
|Health Educator Psychologist *
||Social Security Representative
|Human Factors Engineer/Engineering
|Human Resource Development Specialist
||Test Development Assistant
|Industrial Relations Arbitrator
|Industrial/Organizational Psychologist *
||Urban Planner *
|Labor Relations Specialist
||Volunteer Services Director
Nature of the Work
Clinical psychologists specialize in testing and treating patients with mental or
emotional problems. They generally work in hospitals or clinics, or maintain their
Many psychologists are involved in teaching and research in universities and colleges.
There are many different types of psychologists:
- Experimental psychologists design and conduct research in specialized areas such as
learning, perception, motivation and emotion.
- Developmental psychologists study the patterns and causes of behavioral change as
people grow older.
- Personality psychologists study human nature, individual differences, and the ways
in which those differences develop.
- Social psychologists examine people's interactions with others and with the social
- Psychologists in psychometrics develop and apply testing techniques for measuring
- Industrial/organizational psychologists are concerned with the relationship between
individuals and work experiences.
- Engineering psychologists are concerned with the design and use of work environments.
Places of Employment
|City, county and state government
|Department of Labor
|Health and Human Services
|Office of Personnel Management
||Senior citizen centers
|Social Security Administration
||Social service agencies
||Universities and colleges
||Social action organizations
A bachelor's degree in psychology qualifies you for a wide range of career options
depending on the type of courses you completed and experience you gained as an undergrad.
You would need an advanced degree for those jobs marked by an asterisk.
Some clinics and therapeutic institutions may hire well-qualified applicants with
A Ph.D. is required for you to be called a psychologist. It is the minimum educational
requirement for psychologists who want to teach at a university or work in a hospital
or for a government agency.
Most institutions require that a psychologist have completed an approved internship
and have up to one year of experience.
For further information and/or career counseling contact the UCR Career Center, (951)
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