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NLU What is Psychology

What Is Psychology? 

Simply put, psychology is the study of the human mind. Its roots stem from the ancient Greek word psyche, or soul. Students who are interested in human behavior take psychology courses to learn concepts and theories. A bachelor's or master's degree in psychology sets the foundation for work in the community, business world, or academic graduate research and teaching.

Psychology can be applied to areas as diverse as business and negotiation (organizational psychology), teaching, law and criminal justice, marketing (consumer behavior), and clinical counseling (cognitive behavioral therapy), to name a few examples.

Job Outlook & Career Information

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 19 percent growth rate in its current job outlook for psychologists1 and describes the following qualities that typically characterize psychology degree-holders:2

  • Analytical. Psychologists must be able to examine the information they collect and draw logical conclusions.
  • Communicative. Psychologists must have strong communication skills because they spend much of their time listening to and speaking with patients.
  • Observational. Psychologists study attitude and behavior. They must be able to watch people and understand the possible meanings of facial expressions, body positions, actions and interactions.
  • Patient. Psychologists must be able to demonstrate patience, as conducting research or treating patients may take a long time.
  • Interpersonal. Psychologists study and help people. They must be able to work well with clients, patients and other professionals.
  • Problem-solving. Psychologists need problem-solving skills to design research, evaluate programs and find treatments or solutions for mental and behavioral problems.
  • Trustworthy. Psychologists must keep patients’ problems in confidence, and patients must be able to trust psychologists’ expertise in treating sensitive problems.

Popular Psychology Careers

Career options for psychology students are far-ranging. Some of the most common careers for psychology degree holders include:3

  • Clinical psychologists
  • Counseling psychologists
  • Developmental psychologists
  • Forensic psychologists
  • Health psychologists
  • Industrial-organizational psychologists
  • Neuropsychologists
  • School psychologists
  • Social psychologists

Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Psychology

A Bachelor of Arts in Psychology program like the one offered by National Louis University prepares students to use psychological concepts and theories, and provides a foundation for working in community or business settings. NLU's B.A. in Psychology is an ideal program for students who are thinking about pursuing a career in psychology or other graduate work.

Professionals who are passionate about the study of human behavior may consider pursuing a Master of Arts in Psychology degree, which opens many career avenues in the helping, business and teaching professions. NLU's M.A. in Psychology program is designed for students intent on furthering their careers or continuing to the doctoral level.

NLU also offers a new program, Master's in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. The M.S. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology addresses one of the fastest-growing fields in psychology: the application of psychology to solving workplace issues, maximizing productivity and improving employee satisfaction.

Source References [+]

1. "Psychologists." 17 Dec. 2015.

2. "How to Become a Psychologist." 17 Dec. 2015.

3. "What Psychologists Do." 17 Dec. 2015.

4. Vilorio, Dennis. "Careers for Creative People." June 2015.

5. "How to Become a Psychologist." 17 Dec. 2015.


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