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Psychology: Careers in Psychology

Psychology is the scientific study of human behavior and experience. Through systematic observation and research, psychologists attempt to explain how and why human beings act and react to the world around them. World of Sociology, a Gale product.

Explore Career Paths in Psychology

Visit Careers in and check out the careers page. 

This site addresses several issues, such as:

  • Is this career path suited to my personality?
  • What is the job like day in and day out?
  • How much schooling is required?
  • What income can I expect?

Subfields and Careers in Psychology

Addition Therapist Behavioral Psychologist Child Psychologist Clinical Psychologist
Criminal Psychologist Developmental Psychologist Educational Psychologist Environmental Psychologist
Experimental Psychologist Family & Marriage Therapist Forensic Psychologist Organizational-Industrial Psychologist
Psychiatrist Rehabilitation Psychologist School Psychologist Social Psychologist
Speech Therapist Sport Psychologist Trauma Counselor  


Professional Organizations

American Psychological Association 

The APA is a the largest scientific and professional organization of psychologists in the United States. APA seeks to expand psychology’s role in advancing health, and to increase recognition of psychology as a science.

American Psychiatric Association 

The American Psychiatric Association is the main professional organization for professional psychiatrists. Part of the mission of the American Psychiatric Association is to promote the highest quality care for individuals with mental illness, including substance use disorders, and their families and to promote psychiatric education and research. The association publishes various scholarly journals and the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders).

Association for Psychological Science 

The Association for Psychological Science is an international non-profit organization dedicated to research-based psychology, its application and teaching and to the improvement of human welfare.

Cognitive Science Society 

The Cognitive Science Society is a professional, non-profit organization which exists to promote Cognitive Science as a discipline. The Society seeks to develop the exchange of research among these disciplines: Artificial Intelligence, Linguistics, Anthropology, Psychology, Neuroscience, Philosophy, and Education, in an effort to grasp the nature of the human mind. The Society publishes two journals, Cognitive Science and TopiCS.

Internet Resources in Psychology and Related Disciplines 

This is a very helpful page with links arranged by topic. Maintained by the staff of the Psychology Library at Princeton University.

National Institute of Mental Health 

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the leading federal agency dedicated to research on mental disorders. Read NIMH online journal, Science News, dedicated to mental health research news.

Social Psychology Network 

The Social Psychology Network is dedicated to promoting peace, social justice, and sustainable living through public education, research, and the advancement of psychology.

List of Professional Associations and Organizations

Organizations for Professionals and Students