Careers in Psychology

What Psychology Is

Psychology is an extraordinarily diverse field with hundreds of career paths. Some specialties, like caring for mentally ill people, are familiar to most of us. Others, like helping with design of advanced computer systems or studying how we remember thing, are less well known.

 

What all psychologists have in common is a shared interest in human behavior. In their work, they draw on an ever-expanding body of scientific knowledge about how we think, act, and feel, and apply the information to their special areas of expertise. Among psychologists, researchers spend most of their time generating knowledge; practitioners apply the knowledge; and some psychologists do both.

 

What Practicing Psychologists Do

Practicing Psychologists are qualified professionals who provide assessment, consultation and treatment for people of all ages.

 

Some areas include:

  •  Personal growth
  • Career planning and life transitions
  • Learning and attention difficulties
  • Marital and relationship issues
  • Parenting and family concerns
  • Separation and divorce
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Pain management
  • Health and wellness
  • Traumatic experiences
  • Habit disorders
  • Substance abuse
  • Problem gambling
  • Workplace stress
  • Performance enhancement 

 

Getting Ready to Work In Psychology

If you are interested in a career as a psychologist, you have to complete a master's degree in psychology or equivalent.

 

Take time to research your choices. The program should match your interests. For example, some psychology departments may specialize in a subfield of psychology that appeals to you. In addition, investigate the areas of expertise and research interests of individual faculty members if your career interest lies in a specific type of research.

 

A graduate school's department of psychology is the best source of information about the nature of its program and its admission requirements. Throughout the application process, discuss your plans with your psychology faculty advisor.

 

Subfields Within Psychology

Psychologists specialize in a host of different areas within the field and may identify themselves by many different labels; such as:

 

  • Clinical Psychologists
  • Counselling Psychologists
  • Developmental Psychologists
  • Educational Psychologists
  • Forensic Psychologists
  • Health Psychologists
  • Industrial/Organizational Psychologists
  • Neuropsychologists
  • Rehabilitation Psychologists
  • School Psychologists
  • Social Psychologists
  • Sports Psychologists  

 

You can also find additional career information about psychologists through the Alberta Learning Information Services (ALIS), Alberta Occupational Profiles website. More... 

How to Become a Registered Psychologist

Inquiries on how to become registered as a Psychologist in Alberta should be forwarded to the College of Alberta Psychologists. Information regarding the registration process can be found on the College's website. More...

 

Phone: (780) 424-5070

1-800-659-0857 Toll Free anywhere in Alberta

E-mail: psych@cap.ab.ca

 

Educational Programs and Information 

 

Master's & Doctoral Degree Programs

 

Bachelor Degree Programs

These 4-year Bachelor's degree programs include a major in psychology or educational psychology:

 

 

Ongoing Training & Online Programs