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Variety of Career Options Available for Psychologists

By February 25, 2013

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Psychologist and Professor Explains Careers 'Beyond the Therapist's Couch'

The field of psychology offers a variety of careers for psychologists. If you are exploring careers as a psychologist, you may think psychologists' careers are limited to the traditional private practice setting of clinical psychology, providing counseling and therapy to individuals or groups with various mental health needs.

However, Dr. David Stephens, dean of the School of Professional Psychology at University of the Rockies, says psychology graduates have many other career options in a variety of settings outside of private practice and "beyond the therapist's couch."

"Expertise in psychology is relevant in a number of career fields, ranging from hospitals and correctional facilities to health and sports venues. One of our students is even finding [psychology] relevant to her career as a celebrity assistant," Dr. Stephens states. "Understanding the basis and implications of human behavior as well as diagnoses and treatment options has a compelling benefit in a wide range of professions."

Via email correspondence with About.com Health Careers, Dr. Stephens provides more details about careers for 5 different types of psychologists, and provides insight into educational requirements, basic job responsibilities, market demand, and average salary.

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