If you choose to become a psychologist, you’ll spend your entire graduate education learning about mental health (typically 5-to-7 years), followed by a supervised internship. If you want to work as an industrial psychologist with an emphasis on cross-cultural work environments and diversity, make sure your school has a good program on that specific aspect of psychology most schools will have a focus themselves -- one will be a good clinical school while another will be a good experimental school. Learn as much as you can about the entire field of psychology there are many sub-specialties to consider when people say i want to be psychologist, general they're thinking of clinical psychology -- where you sit down with one or two people and hack away at the subconscious.
A clinical psychologist, for example, will have heavy training in both the theory and practice of psychology you’ll typically need a doctorate degree in a psychology-related field in order to build a career.
Education can be as fun as you make it psychology is no different so if you don't like rats, don't work with them if you ultimately want to work with children, find studies at the university or college you attend that focus on children, and befriend the professor(s) that teach undergraduate and gradute-level courses in child psychology. If you know you want to pursue i-o psychology, start looking for a niche in the field see if any professors in your school are working in you area of interest and meet with them your grad school will be impressed if you already have an idea of your thesis topic. As an aspiring psychologist, you must have a bachelor of science in psychology or a related degree according to college board, you may expect to take courses in cognitive psychology, personality development, abnormal psychology, biological psychology, social psychology, learning and memory development ( wwwcollegeboardcom .
They need excellent verbal communication and listening skills as well as other interpersonal skills they must be observant and able to recognize problems they need the ability to incorporate new findings into their work to become a clinical psychologist, you will have to spend between eight or nine years earning a phd or psyd.
Get good grades in high school this has less to do with becoming a psychologist and more to do with how to become successful in life if you want a good job (and to be good at your job), you need to work hard and go to a good university. The required degree for licensure is typically a doctor of psychology (psyd) or doctor of philosophy in psychology (phd) your choice of degree will depend on your career goals and whether you want a career in practice (psyd) or in research (phd), or some combination thereof.
The last thing you need to do to become a full-fledged psychologist is to get licensed it is a law that psychologists can only legally practice if they possess a license to do so, much like doctors do.
Clinical psychologists need a doctorate degree in clinical psychology along with one to three years of supervised clinical experience licensing requirements if you plan to work in a specialty area such as clinical, counseling, or school psychology, you will need to investigate the licensing requirements for your state. I want to be a clinical psychologist because i love differential diagnosis: the neurotic: i figure that if i'm a psychologist, i'll have lots of psychologist friends who will maybe treat me for free because i need the treatment soon the addict: i lost a bet. So while psychology is interesting to me on many levels, it has a tendency to intimidate me somewhat, as i’m sure is natural for any college student struggling to decide what they want to do for the rest of their life.