What Can You Do with A Masters in Psychology?

If you have completed a degree in a psychology field and are looking to pursue further education, you might be wondering what your options are if you decide to do a masters.

The truth is, there are plenty of options for those who get a masters in a psychology and many are not covered as career choices!

This piece will discuss just a few of the possible routes you could take if you decided to undertake a masters in psychology, and what the programs might entail.

Read this piece to find out more!

Educational Psychology

Educational psychology is a psychological practice which is focused on education. These elements include the study of how people learn, which teaching methods work best and why, the individual differences that can be presented in learning, instructional processes, and different learning approaches to name a few!

It also touches upon the cognitive, emotional, and social processes that are present when someone is learning.

These are crucial for the education system to understand and implement to make sure students of all ages are getting the most out of their education.

A Master’s in Educational Psychology is a great program to advance your career to become an educational psychologist, complement teacher training, or other child development roles.


Clinical Psychology

Clinical psychology is a psychological practice that allows professionals to provide thorough mental health and behavioral care for patients, families, and communities. Clinical psychologists are also able to provide training, supervision, and education to businesses, the education sector or the healthcare sector. 

Those who want to head down the clinical psychology route will need a masters in clinical psychology, along with a PHD if they want to practice as a sole psychologist.


Forensic Psychology

Forensic psychology is a psychological practice that is applied to criminal investigation, issues that might be associated with criminal behavior, and also works for an understanding into the treatment of those who have committed a crime.

Obtaining a master’s in forensic psychology means you will be able to work with the various psychological aspects of investigations, offending behavior, legal processes, and work on how to prevent offending. You will also be able to offer treatment to those who have offended in a wide capacity – it could include treatment to sex offenders, violence, aggressive behavior, or to help with illicit drug use.

You will be able to work in a variety of different locations and environments, such as prisons, medical examiners offices, probation work, secured mental health institutions, and young offender’s institutions to name a few!

These are just a few of the routes you can go down if you are thinking about completing a masters in psychology. While it is always best to choose a program that suits your interest and area you would like to go into, you will find that if you do a masters in any psychology major, there may be means of converting onto the niche of your chosen career path, if you are not sure what you want to do or you want to switch.

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