With growing tendency of finding the need for mental & emotional redressal, stress & depression freeing exercises, enhancement of work efficiency and systematic counseling for the multifarious aspects of life; the stream of Psychology has found a rejuvenation in practice & applications!
A recent survey in America rated it as the safest employment in the States with 0% unemployment in Counseling.
Though a subject basically included in Humanities, this science of behavior finds its application & implication almost in every area of work, academia & day-to-day life. It is believed that students of Psychology generally pertain to an evenly matured conscience with well-balanced rationality & intellect. Counting the elements of grace in personal life may go endless, we hereby throw some light on the career prospects in Psychology:
A Psychiatrist is a medical practitioner (MBBS) with post-graduation in Psychiatry- use of medicines to treat psychological disorders. A Psychiatrist doesn’t generally counsel patients & is assisted by a team of Psychologists for the same. His main work is to prescribe medicines & so this branch is reserved solely for the medical Doctors.
B.A. or B.Sc. with Psychology as an optional at Undergraduate level is the basic requirement for becoming a Clinical Psychologist. A specific PG is available in it in both the streams. The work of a Clinical Psychologist is the treatment of behavioral abnormalities such as depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Paranoia, Schizophrenia and various other problems of neurosis & psychosis; by means of therapies, counseling sessions, tests, etc.
A professional can run his independent clinic as well as posts are kept for the same in all quality hospitals.
Counseling- Child Counseling & Industrial Psychology:
The utmost demand of the current century! Surrounded by busy schedules, monotonous work routines, emotional up-downs and social/family upheavals, almost every 5th person needs a counselor today. Seeing the intensity of problems faced by teenagers these days, Child Counseling has gained a mass preference. Schools hire Child Counselors, private companies too in order to keep the workers united, spot the loopholes & improve their efficiency have started hiring Industrial Psychologists.
M.A./M.Sc. in Counseling Psychology or a precise specialization in Child Counseling or Industrial Psychology meets the requirement.
Every national & professional team has a permanent psychologist in the supporting staff to cope up the players with the pressures & stresses. Who hasn’t seen the effects on the Kolkata Knight Riders team in the last IPL after the psychologist Rudy Webster’s appointment! 4 time flop-showers emerged as the clear winners. Specified institutes offer this branch & it’s not everywhere that a person can specialize in sports psychology.
The traditionally preferred field, a PhD in Psychology or clearing NET/SLET; or both after post-graduation are the basic requirements for being a teacher at college level, need not to be told that schools yet don’t offer psychology on a proportionate level!
Developmental Psychology, Statistical Psychology, Experimental Psychology, Management Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Parapsychology, Environmental Psychology are the other branches with research being carried on for the evolution of other sub divisions.