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Careers in
Psychology
First…
It is a social science.
There are many
subfields.
Social Sciences
 Social Sciences are the
disciplines that study human
social behavior or institutions
and functions of human
society in a scientific manner
Social Sciences
 Anthropology
 Psychology
 Economics
 Political Science
 History
 Sociology
Anthropology
 The comparative
study of past and
present cultures.
 Focuses on
societies of the past
and that are less
advanced.
Psychology
 The study of the
mind and behavior
of organisms.
 It focuses on the
individual behavior
rather than the
group behavior.
Economics
 The study of the choices
people make in an effort to
satisfy their needs and wants.

Political Science
 The examination or study
of the organization and
the operation of
government.
 Examples are voting
patterns, political power,
and the formation of
politically based groups.
History
 The study of past
events.
 Historians study the
past in an effort to
explain current
behaviors.
Sociology
 The social science
that studies human
society and social
behavior.
 Sociologists focus on
groups rather than
individuals.
 They also focus on
social interaction
 Growing demand for social
scientists.
 Skills needed in these areas are
organizational, writing, speaking,
data analysis, planning etc.
 Jobs includes social worker, global
tech specialist, law enforcement,
environmental health specialist etc.
Money, money, money!
 Average starting
pay $65,500
 National Avg.
72,000
 Increases over time
with experience and
depends on
location. .
Clinical Psychologist
 Largest group
 Help with anxiety, depression or
relationships
 Work in Hospitals, in prisons and clinics
 Not be to be confused with psychiatrists
School Psychologists
 Identify students who
have difficulties that
interfere with learning.
 Talk to teachers,
administer tests and
observe students
Developmental
Psychologists
 Study the changes
that occur throughout
the lifetime.
 Physical, emotional,
cognitive and social
Consumer Psychologists
 Study the behavior
of shoppers to
explain and predict
their behavior
Forensic
 They work within the
criminal justice system
 Explain how
psychological problems
give rise to criminal
behavior
 Assist police officers
cope with their duties
 Forensic Psych. Interview
Sports Psychologists
 Improving
motivation and
performance
 Understanding
how sports and
athletics can
improve mental
health and
overall well
being
 sports psychology
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