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Thinking about a career - April 30th 2012, 10:09 PM

I've never really known what I want to do as a career, but for a while I've been thinking something in the science field. For the past year or two, I was thinking I might go into genetics since that is something I am really good at and enjoy. This year, I ended up taking psychology and I love it at least as much! It's also really easy for me. I don't think I would want to necessarily be a researcher, but maybe a therapist or something. Does anyone know what other jobs would be psychology related? And how do I know if I should do that or genetics?

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Re: Thinking about a career - May 1st 2012, 12:26 AM

Well, I think it's smart to look at your long-term options with a degree in psychology vs. a degree in biology/genetics. There isn't much you can do with a bachelors degree in psychology - at least, not in the realm of therapy/counseling. If you want to become a therapist, you'll need to earn a masters degree, and depending on your state's licensing requirements, you may need to earn several hours of supervised experience, as well as take a licensing exam, before you can be a licensed therapist. If you have any questions regarding that particular career path, feel free to PM me - I'm currently halfway through my clinical psychology program, which puts me on the path to being a marriage and family therapist in the state of California. =)

When in doubt, get as much experience as you can. Intern with a lab, unpaid if need be. Volunteer with non-profit organizations and talk to the staff members who have the job you are interested in working toward. I think getting related experience is by far the most important step toward determining which career may be best suited for you. Learn about the long-term requirements (ex. do you need a masters degree, or even a doctorate degree?). Think about what you could do as far as back-up plans are concerned (if you had to stop at a bachelors degree, or the field was too competitive and you couldn't get the job you wanted, what would be your next choice?). Think about what is most important for you job-wise (salary, flexibility, predictability/spontaneity, traveling, etc.). It may be possible to double-major in psychology and biology/genetics, depending on how motivated you are - so what schools would allow you to do that?

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