Counseling and clinical psychology graduate programs prepare students to become therapists, able to practice in many different settings. These psychologists require graduate training to prepare them for the specific abilities a therapist needs. States with licensing laws require psychologists to have some graduate work experience.
Psychologists who teach and/or conduct research at a university or college setting are expected to have obtained a graduate degree, usually a doctorate, although some schools employ M.A. level teaching psychologists. Research institutes and companies expect their employees to have the additional research methodology and statistical expertise graduate school supplies. Thus, graduate school serves as a pre-requisite for many vocational areas within psychology.
Employment opportunities appear to be very positive for many areas of psychology. Therapeutic service delivery areas continue to expand nationwide, with a great need for psychologists in rural and some suburban areas of the U.S. Research opportunities continue to increase and a projected increase in openings at colleges and universities will make available many positions for psychologists interested in teaching and research. While some areas are more open to new psychologists, employment can be found in most areas of psychology.
What to Look For
Graduate programs may at times carry the same name (e.g. social, experimental, counseling), but programs potentially vary widely within a certain area. Discuss your possible choices with your advisor and/or with someone who is in the particular field you wish to study. Consult journals from your selected area to see if the articles reflect questions you are interested in.Learn More
How to Prepare
With successful application becoming increasingly difficult, it is important that students be prepared to place time and energy into the process of attending graduate school.Learn More
There are certain things that graduate schools are looking for, and it is important that you stand out in order to be accepted.Learn More