Psychology is a broad social science that seeks to understand the physiological, emotional, and mental processes that drive and influence human behavior; it is also a profession that takes the scientific foundation of psychology and applies it to try to solve human problems. Some psychologists are scientists interested in basic questions about human behavior such as: "How do children develop a sense of morality?" "How does memory work?" "What predicts divorce?" "What makes some people happier than others?" "What treatments work best for Schizophrenia?" Others are practitioners who use the science of psychology to help individuals, families, and society by methods such as treating depression, helping couples, and families improve their relationships, and conducting mental health evaluations for the courts. The best part about psychology is that every single person that takes a class can apply what they learn to their own life. Psychologists work in a variety of settings including laboratories, hospitals, courtrooms, schools and universities, community health centers, prisons, and corporate offices. According to economists at the Department of Labor, opportunities for people with graduate degrees in Psychology are expected to grow between 10% and 20% by 2010.
The goals of the new psychology major are to develop students' abilities to critically analyze quantitative data in order to draw empirically supported conclusion about human behaviors and engage in written scholarly communication.
www.apa.org - American Psychological Association
www.psychologicalscience.org - Association for Psychological Science
http://careersinpsychology.org/ - Online resource for careers and degrees in psychology
www.psychologycareercenter.org/ - Psychology Career Center
http://www.counselor-license.com/ - Counselor License Requirements