Information for high school
students considering psychology
Psychology is an area of
interest to many young adults as they are seeking their career path. In order
to effectively find information about careers in psychology, it is important
to find the correct name or names for the area in which you are interested.
- Talk with persons doing
work in your area(s) of interest. Find out the formal name for persons doing
what you want to do.
- Here is a list of the
divisions of the American
Psychological Association (http://www.apa.org/about/division.html) Which
would you be interested in joining?
- For example, you might
be interested in sex therapy or criminal profiling. Which areas would do
these things? Most often it is clinical or counseling psychologists who
work in these areas, depending on precisely what you mean by those terms.
Unfortunately, the media often portray these areas quite inaccurately. Such
specialization takes additional training. You start by being trained as
a generalist and gradually add the special knowledge and skills for that
- If you don't see your
interest in the list, talk with someone in a related field. It may be that
what you want to do is not a part of psychology but one of the related areas.
- It is common for people
interested in psychology to have several areas of interest. It is also common
for interests to vary over one's career. Consider your first interests as
a starting point.
- Perhaps you can take
a career interest inventory from your school counselor.
Work through the remaining
questions on this website and expect that they will raise some further questions.
Again, talk with a career counselor or someone in a related area to get those
questions answered. Good luck!
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