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Psychology Schools and Training Programs

Psychology is a journey of discovery in the way human beings think, feel and ultimately act. Exploring human behaviors demands compassion, curiosity and excellent communications skills. Psychologists are responsible for helping diverse clients understand and cope with human mental health, sometimes face to face, sometimes as a third-party observer, and more recently, through a 21st century electronic looking glass. Some psychologists focus on research to advance the science, while some teach future practitioners and others interested in the field.

Choices for Psychology Careers

Psychology is an occupation with many assorted specialties, which may involve both research and practice. The American Psychological Association lists nearly 20 specialties that range from cognitive and perceptual psychologists to community, educational, evolutionary and forensic psychologists. As further examples of specializations, a social psychologist could work in an advertising agency to determine how a product might sell, or an industrial psychologist would study the workplace and organizational behavior.

A stereotypical image of a psychologist depicts a patient lying on a couch, but this would be within the specialty of clinical psychology. According to the APA, the largest number of psychologists are in teaching and research positions and have limited exposure to regular patient traffic.

Where Psychologists are Employed

Psychologists perform their work in almost any environment, for example, where products are sold or manufactured, or where health care is dispensed. The APA reports that clinical psychologists are for the most part, self-employed, whereas most psychologists with doctoral degrees work in educational institutions -- teaching, researching and administrating behavioral studies. Another large segment of experts with psychology degrees work for government agencies and government health care providers.

The age of broadband Internet has created a new area for psychological analysis. Telehealth programs allow psychologists to reach into remote areas and perform one-on-one or group therapy from their offices. This assists those with mental health issues that may live great distances from the nearest therapy facility.

Training and Certification for Psychologists

Out of the many specialties in this field, a few may require only undergraduate work, such as social psychologists working in business, or organizational psychologists studying the workplace. For those entering some of the industrial and corporate sectors, certification is not always necessary.

To become a licensed psychologist, a graduate education such as a doctorate is required in most states. A doctorate degree alone does not give graduates the immediate ability to hang out a shingle as an independent clinical psychologist. Licensing boards require at least two years of supervised experience in a psychological field. In most states and Canadian provinces, clinical psychologists must be licensed. The Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards can provide specific information on licensing requirements.

Opportunities and Salaries for Psychologists

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov, 2011) expects employment opportunities for psychologists to grow by 22 percent from 2010 to 2020, which is about as fast as the average for all occupations; increased need for help with school and lifestyle issues could bring more clients to see psychologists. The bls.gov reports that general psychologists earned a mean annual salary of $68,640 in 2010.

The majority of those holding bachelor's degrees in psychology pursue careers outside the field, the APA says. An undergraduate psychology degree can be a ticket to a number of career options, including human resources, corporate management and community development. If nothing else, psychology training could give you skills to achieve successful relationships at home and at work.

Additional Resources for Individuals Seeking a Degree in Psychology:
American Psychological Association
Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards

Campus and Online Psychology Schools

 
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Grand Canyon University

[Campus]
Locations:
  • Phoenix
Programs:
  • M.S. in Psychology with an Emphasis in Forensic Psychology
  • Graduate Certificate of Completion in GeroPsychology
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Colorado Technical University Online

[Campus]
Programs:
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology - Consumer Behavior
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology - Organizational Behavior
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology
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Capella University

[Online]
Programs:
  • MS - Applied Behavior Analysis
  • BS - Psychology
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Ashford University

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Regent University

[Online]
Programs:
  • Master of Science in General Psychology
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  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology
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Keiser University

[Online]
Programs:
  • Master of Science in Psychology
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Ohio Christian University

[Campus]
Locations:
  • Circleville
Programs:
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
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Sacred Heart University - Online

[Online]
Programs:
  • Master of Science in Applied Psychology
  • Master of Science in Applied Psychology - Community Psychology
  • Master of Science in Applied Psychology - Industrial Organizational Psychology
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The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

[Campus]
Programs:
  • M.S. Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Ph.D. Business Psychology, Consulting Track
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Northcentral University

[Campus]
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  • San Diego
Programs:
  • Psychology - BA
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Argosy University

[Campus]
Programs:
  • Psychology (BA)
  • Psychology (BA) (Online)
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University of the Rockies

[Online]
Programs:
  • MA in Psychology, General Psychology
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Join the community of thought leaders at University of the Rockies. Pursue your graduate degree from the University’s School of Professional Psychology or School of Organizational Leadership.


Post University Online

[Campus]
Locations:
  • Waterbury
Programs:
  • B.A. in Psychology
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Intercoast Colleges

[Campus]
Programs:
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