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10 Popular Jobs in Psychology1. Career or Vocational Counselor
Average Salary: $46,000
Due to the rapidly changing job market, many people are searching for a new job in their chosen field or even changing careers. Career counselors help individuals make career decisions and utilize tools including personality assessments, interest inventories and other evaluation measures. They often start by looking at a client’s interests, job history, education, skills and personality characteristics in order to determine which careers are a good match. They also help clients work on building skills, practicing interviews, improving resumes and locating job openings. Assisting clients who are dealing with job loss or employment-related stress is also common.
The second speaker in my Careers in Psych class today is talking to us about a career in neuroscience. Or rather, he’s supposed to be talking about a career. Instead, he’s giving us a lecture on how the brain works.
You’re talking to a room full of Psychology majors. We know basic neuroscience, dude.
Anybody at Bennington planning to go into a psychological field? Psychotherapy, etc.?
Lots! There’s a lot you can do with psych, and I have friends here who are studying to be researchers, therapists, and social workers. One of our psychology professors is a professional psychotherapist*, so you get a solid sense here of what it’s like to carry on in that field (as well as most others) after graduation. As a result, a lot of students do.
His name is David Anderegg, and he gave an awesome TED talk in Brussels in 2010 about the stereotype of “nerds”. You can get acquainted with him here!
* (check out that alliteration)
- David ‘13