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Careers: Psychology

The field of psychology is broad and concerns itself with the study of thought, emotion, feelings and behavior. For more information about the profession, go to the American Psychological Association.

Training

The Department of Psychology at MSU Denver offers undergraduate degrees in psychology and human development. The MSU Denver Psychology Department website also has a link with information about applying to graduate schools. Psychologists receive graduate training and graduate with either a Ph.D. or Psy.D. They may enter research or clinical practice. They may further specialize to become forensic psychologists, neuropsychologists (examining the relationship between brain structure and function and human behavior), pediatric psychologists or geropsychologists to work with the elderly. Other specialties exist.

Unlike psychiatrists (M.D.s with specialty training in psychiatry), psychologists cannot prescribe medication. Because many psychiatrists no longer provide therapy, clinical psychologists fulfill an essential mental health service.

Licensure & Average Income

Clinical psychologists must be licensed and registered with the state in which they practice. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, about a third of psychologists are self-employed, working in private practice or as independent consultants. The bureau also provides statistics on average annual income, which ranges between $57,000 and $68,000.