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Psychology. As a College Major Or Career. Presented by: Carolyn Saitta. Considering Psychology?. Did these pictures come to mind?. If you envision someone lying on a couch, while a therapist asks,. “How do you feel about that?”

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As a College Major

Or Career

Presented by:

Carolyn Saitta

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Considering Psychology?

Did these pictures come to mind?

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If you envision someone lying ona couch, while a therapist asks,

“How do you feel about that?”

This only represents two specialty areas of psychology – counseling and clinical psychology.

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Counseling Psychologists

  • Advise people how to deal with problems of everyday living

  • Many work in university counseling centers, hospitals, and individual or group practices

  • One out of four are in private practice

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Clinical Psychologists

  • Usually work in counseling centers, group practices, hospitals, or clinics

  • Often interview patients and give diagnostic tests

  • Provide individual, family, or group psychotherapy

  • Design and implement behavior modification

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Psychologists select an area to specialize

Specialties Include:

  • Clinical Psychology

  • Experimental and Research

  • Counseling

  • Social Psychology

  • Developmental Psychology

  • School Psychology

  • Industrial/Organizational Psychology

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When PSYCHOLOGISTS work in the medical field they:

  • Conduct research

  • Consultants to communities and organizations

  • Diagnose and treat people

  • Teach future psychologists and other students

  • Test intelligence and personality

  • Work as health care providers

  • Assess behavioral and mental function

  • Work with people to improve their relationships

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Many PSYCHOLOGISTS Work in Other Fields


  • Are consulted in creating congressional legislation

  • Defining the significance of bilingual education

  • Work with business executives, performers, and athletes to reduce stress and improve performance

  • Advise lawyers on jury selection

  • Collaborate with educators on school reform

  • Team with law enforcement to solve and prevent crimes

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Job Outlook Varies -Depending on Level of Education

  • If you hold a DOCTORATE degree demand will be STRONG for those with from leading universities with specialties in counseling, health, and school psychology.

  • Extensive training in quantitative research methods and computer science will give a competitive edge over others.

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With a DOCTORATEDegree in Psychology:

Vast number of career opportunities with this level of education

Can teach at colleges and universities and independently conduct research

Acquire a state a license to practice psychology to:

  • have a private practice

  • work in a psychiatric unit in a hospital

  • direct a mental health clinic or program

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With a MASTER’S Degree in Psychology:

Career opportunities include:

  • Industrial-organizational psychologists

  • School psychologists

  • Professional jobs in state hospitals, mental health centers, research setting

  • Teaching at a community college

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With a BACHELOR’SDegree in Psychology:

Limited career opportunities directly related to psychology

Fewer than 25% of those with a BA in Psychology work in jobs closely related to their field of study

Career opportunities can be found in:

  • marketing research

  • social work

  • labor relations

  • sales/management trainees

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Best Job Opportunities School Psychologists

  • Due to increased awareness of how student’s mental health and behavior affect school performance

  • Due to increased testing needs to document academic intervention support services

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SALARIES (based on 2002 data)

Median - $57,400

Highest 10 % - $99,860 up

Salaries vary dramatically depending on

geographic location level of education.

For Example:

Psychology graduates with only a bachelor's degree earn about 9 % less than the average for all college

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Use this 3 step process to help you envision and explore your future options:

  • Exploration - Gather information about psychology as a career and what the requirements for college.

  • Crystallization - Focus on your interests to be able to recognize the sub fields of psychology of most interest.

  • Clarification - With a good understanding of career and degree requirement. You are ready to make an informed decision about choosing psychology as a major.

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Psychology your future options:

  • One of the most popular and fastest growing majors

  • Ranks as the 2nd most popular undergraduate major, just under business administration

  • Prepares students to be desirable candidates for jobs in all areas because they are skilled in communications and trained to think critically and creatively

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College psychology your future options:courses require:

  • An understanding of scientific methodology

  • Aptitude and ability in mathematics/statistics

  • Ability to organize ideas effectively in writing

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High school is a good time to in Psychology?

start taking preliminary steps

toward your future career

goals and begin to create a

vision of your future.

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Prepare by taking academic courses including: in Psychology?

  • English

  • Social Studies

  • Mathematics/Statistics

  • Science (biology, chemistry, physics)

  • Advanced placement courses

  • College preparatory classes

  • Psychology class (if offered)

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Your Career Goal in Psychology?

  • in the field of psychology will greatly influence your decision on which college to attend

  • will determine the level of education needed

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Community College in Psychology?

An Associates of Arts degree with a concentration in Psychology can be earned in a two year liberal arts program.

With an Associate’s degree:

  • Use it as the first step towards the higher education needed to pursuit a career in Psychology

  • You are prepared to work in mental health and human services agencies

  • Career choices in field of psychology limited, minimum degree is Bachelor’s

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Nassau Community College is the first choice for 1 of every 4 college-bound high school graduates in Nassau County.

For most student it is the start of an experience that will lead to four or more years of advanced learning.

The college is centrally located in Garden City.

The annual tuition is $3000.

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Choosing a University 4 college-bound high school graduates in Nassau County.

Universities, such as Hofstra, offer all three degree levels in the field of psychology:

Bachelor of Arts - A dual major or a minorin a related field is useful, particularly for students who wish to eventually work in business. A popular option is a dual major with Elementary Education.

Masters of Arts in School Psychology or in Industrial-Organizational Psychology

Ph.D. Program in Clinical and School Psychology

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Is 4 college-bound high school graduates in Nassau County. a private, coeducational university is located in Hempstead on 240 acres with 111 buildings.

Hofstra is a selective institution enrolling students who demonstrate academic ability, intellectual curiosity, motivation to succeed, and to contribute to the campus community.

Full-time undergraduate enrollment is about 8500 students

Undergraduate tuition is approximately $10,000 per semester

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Is a major in Psychology just an educational stepping stone? 4 college-bound high school graduates in Nassau County.

This is a common misconception, graduates are prepared to work in all career areas.

The greatest advantage of a psychology degree is its flexibility and adaptability. Employers value their versatility.

More than 40% of psychology undergraduates do go on to graduate school or other professional program. This major ranks among the highest in post-graduate study.

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Get That Job! 4 college-bound high school graduates in Nassau County.

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Experience and Exposure 4 college-bound high school graduates in Nassau County.

Gain experience and exposure to other fields and the workplace while completing your degree in psychology.

Through summer jobs, part-time work, and courses in the University related to your interests.

This will make you a broadly trained, well-educated and marketable graduate.

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Job Opportunities 4 college-bound high school graduates in Nassau County.

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Job Opportunities in 4 college-bound high school graduates in Nassau County. Non-Profit Organizations

Planned Parenthood for Nassau County540 Fulton Ave, Hempstead, NY 11550(516) 750-2500

Education Development CenterCenter for Children and Technology,96 Morton St.New York, NY 10014

Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center (JCC)300 Forest Dr, East Hills, NY 11548 (516) 484-1545

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Job Opportunities in 4 college-bound high school graduates in Nassau County. Education

Nassau BOCESJobs at BOCES and Nassau county school districts

Nassau Community CollegeOne Education Drive, Garden City, NY 11530Teaching positions in Psychology

Hofstra UniversityFaculty and staff opportunities

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Job Opportunities in 4 college-bound high school graduates in Nassau County. Industry and Government

Nassau County Police Department1490 Franklin Ave, Mineola, NY 11501Employee Assistance Office needs of licensed mental health professionals to provide counseling services to Department members and their immediate families.

Time Warner CorporationOpening for a Manager, People Development. Must have MA/PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology (or related field) plus 5 years experience in organizational development, management/leadership development, or related disciplines. Apply Online:

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Job Opportunities in 4 college-bound high school graduates in Nassau County. Healthcare

YAI/National Institute for People with Disabilities Counseling career opportunitiesEmail qualifications to:

South Nassau Community Hospital Program Director for rehabilitation and support services. Requires Masters+ and experience devising new programs and support services.Apply online:

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Professional Organizations 4 college-bound high school graduates in Nassau County.

American Psychological Association

750 1st St. NE., Washington, DC 20002

National Association of School Psychologists

4340 E. West Hwy, Suite 402, Bethesda, MD 20814

Assoc. of St. and Provincial Psychology Boards

P.O. Box 241245, Montgomery, AL 36124-1245