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Choosing A Career in Psychology Society is crowded with many different kinds of people which create problems of how to live and work together and live with oneself It is in these situations which psychology serves its purpose by creating answers to these questions Psychology helps create an awareness of these problems and this awareness increases the likelihood of treatment A student who is deciding to enter the field of psychology has a choice to make from an array of many different and exciting careers All of these numerous careers in psychology fall into three basic categories of practice psychologists clinical psychologists and psychiatrists Each of these categories differ slightly in the job role and number of years spent on education but the ultimate goal of each is the same to aid in the advancement of society The first and most important part of entering the field of psychology is understanding the amount of education needed for each of the three subareas A psychologist is someone who has spent four to five years of postgraduate education and has received a PhD in psychology Plotnik 17 Next is a clinical psychologist who has a PhD specialized in a clinical subarea and has spent an additional year in a supervised therapy setting to gain experience 17 The last area is a psychiatrist who differs from the other two mainly because of the number of years spent in school which gains them the ability to prescribe medication A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who has spent several years in clinical training that includes diagnosis of abnormal behaviors and treating those behaviors with prescription drugs 17 Students who are planning a career in psychology will have to determine which type of psychologist they want to be and in addition what are they would like to specialize in The field of psychology is divided into subfields each of which deal with a different area These specialties include such areas as
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