PSY 305 Week 1 Exploring Psychology Careers

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Exploring Psychology Careers
Sara M. Covey
PSY 305
February 6, 2015
Dr. Sheila Rapa

Exploring Psychology Careers Everyone who decides to enroll in college must, at some point, think about what area they want to major in. There are many things that students consider when choosing a major. Some make their decision based on what they think can make them the most money once they begin their lives in the work force. However, many students believe that if you choose a major that interests you and challenges you then you can use those skills that can help you in any career. (R. Landrum & S. Davis, 2014) Let’s face it. Employers know that when they hire someone straight out of college they are not immediately going to know
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A clinical psychologist’s salary varies depending on the work setting, experience, and location of work. “In May 2011, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the median annual salary of clinical psychologists was $67,800.” ("Pursuing A Career In Clinical Or Counseling Psychology", 2014).
According to "Forensic And Public Service Psychology Serves Communities" (2014), “The skills and expertise of forensic psychologists are in high demand. Forensic psychologists work in numerous job settings including private practices, government, military, academia, prisons and psychiatric facilities.” Forensic psychologists work in a wide range of settings. They may testify in court in a personal injury suit about how someone’s life was affected by the injuries they sustained. They may also assist veterans in their transition to life after war. Forensic psychologists might work on cases involving child abuse or be the one that determines the defendant’s sanity. They are qualified to say whether or not a suspect knows right from wrong. According to "A Career In Forensic And Public Service Psychology" (2014), “Psychologists in this field may work in prisons, rehabilitation centers, police departments, courthouses, law firms, schools, government agencies or private practices. They are needed to determine whether a suspected criminal has a mental illness, for example, and are called upon to treat