Monday March 10, 2014
Psychology majors study human behavior, thought and emotion. They look for the reasons we behave and think as we do. This background prepares individuals for a variety of occupations in human services, education and even marketing.
Before you decide to major in psychology, learn more about it. Find out what career paths you can follow and, if you're a high school student, see what classes you should take now to prepare for your college coursework.
Here's some information to get you started:
- If you want to be a psychologist most states require you to have at least a master's degree, but very often a doctorate degree.
- If you earn only an associate degree, you won't have many options after graduation. Most two year degree programs are designed for students who want to transfer into four year programs.
- There are two types of doctoral degrees in psychology: a PhD and a PsyD.
- Internships are an integral part of most advanced training in this field.
More: Psychology Major: Career Paths
Wednesday March 5, 2014
Six Things to Know About Athletic Trainers:
- They diagnose and treat people, usually athletes, who have sustained muscle or bone injuries.
- Athletic trainers are healthcare professionals who work under the supervision of physicians.
- One needs a bachelor's degree to work in this field, but most individuals have a master's degree.
- Most states license or register athletic trainers.
- The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts this occupation will grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2022 but this increase won't amount to many jobs since this is a relatively small field.
- The median annual salary of an athletic trainer in 2012 was $42,090 (US, BLS).
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Monday March 3, 2014
When you're trying to figure out what to do with your life everyone wants to put in their two cents. Your parents think they know what's best for you. Your friends want to lead you in another direction. Even strangers give you their opinions. Seriously! If you don't know what you want to do, how can anyone else? The truth is they don't.
Although everyone is well-meaningno one would intentionally lead you toward a career you wouldn't likeit is unlikely they have the information to help you make a decision. They may not know enough about you, the occupation or what factors play a role in career satisfaction.
There are a lot of misconceptions about choosing a career. For example, many people think if a career isn't right for one person, it's not right for anyone. Similarly they feel that if someone likes an occupation, everyone will. Since all humans are different from one another, what is good for one person may not be good for another. People also fail to recognize that career choice involves a complex decision making process. One should take his or her time making it.
Read 10 Myths About Choosing a Career to learn about other commonly held misconceptions about career choice and find out what resources can help you make a wise decision.
Friday February 28, 2014
At first the premise behind using interest inventories sounds a bit preposterous: people with similar interests, even those that are not work-related, will be successful in the same careers. What could one's love of gardening have to do with his or her success as a dental technician? Psychologists didn't just pull this theory out of thin air. They actually surveyed people in different occupations about their interests and discovered the relationship between the two.
Career development professionals, career counselors for example, administer interest inventories to help people choose careers. It is important to note, however, that you should not choose a career based merely on your interests. There are other things to consider, like your personality, skills, aptitudes and the amount of training you are willing to undertake in order to achieve your goals.
Read: Interest Inventories: How to Choose a Career Based on Your Likes and Dislikes.