Psychology is derived from two Greek words ‘Psyche’ which means mind and ‘logos’ means to study. Thus psychology studies the imbalance of the human mind with regards to one’s behavior.
The practitioners of this field are called as Psychologists. They study and explore the cause of an individual’s behavior, the take into consideration various factors like the development and environment of the individual. A psychologist also analyse an individual’s reaction and motive behind the abnormal behavior. Psychologists basically work towards modifying one’s behavior without using medicines. They use psychotherapies for treating the clients.
Key to Success
To be successful as psychologist you should have/ develop:
- A genuine interest in people, their behavior
- Ability to work with all kinds of social/cultural and age groups
- Empathy for their problems
- Ability to understand people of very different backgrounds and upbringing.
Scope and Opportunities
The different aspects of subject open up wide range of job opportunities for psychologists. They can seek to be employed in schools, colleges, universities as a counselor particularly for those who have specialization in educational psychology. With the growing awareness of psychology in India clinical psychologists are now a days in great demand.
Psychologists can seek a job in corporate sector for training the employees on behavior modification. It has become mandatory for schools to hire psychologists to take care of the issues between teachers, parents and the students.
Lifestyle & Social Status
A psychologist’s job requires him to look into matters objectively and to treat the person accordingly. To become a psychologist one has to be very strong emotionally and hardworking as it’s a tough journey.
A day in a psychologist’s office would consist of meeting clients, having various therapy sessions with them, listening to their ills and woes without being judgmental and giving them the right treatment.
Career prospects in Psychology depend on the area of specialization. There is variety of options for psychologists. They can specialize in various areas such as:
- Clinical Psychologists – work in a hospital set in association with psychiatrists, as psychotherapy and medicines go hand in hand.
- Counseling Psychologists – work with emotional, adjustment and behavioral problems of the clients.
- Social Psychologists – work with NGO’s for the mental wellbeing of the society.
- Educational Psychologists – They analyze the behavioral problems of the students in schools and colleges.
- Industrial Psychologists – They work in close association with HR’s
- Research Psychologists
- Developmental Psychologists
- Good communication skills
- Listening patiently
- Asking pertinent questions
- Drawing out responses with tact
Current Job Scenario
- There are great opportunities opening in the field of psychology off late. After completing a Master’s degree one can opt for PhD and work as a research associate. There are options open in the corporate sector as well.
- As a fresher you can ear between the ranges of Rs. 10,000/- to Rs. 15,000/- but with experience one can earn between Rs. 35,000/- to Rs. 40,000/-. You can also set up your own counselling center or work as a freelancer.
- Research Establishments
- Rehabilitation Centers
- Welfare Organizations
- Child/ Youth Guidance Centers
|Course Options||B. A Psychology||M. A Psychology|
|Academic Eligibility||An intermediate (10+2) in any discipline||Bachelor of Psychology|
|Fees||Rs 5K per annum||Rs 29K per annum|
|Overall expenditure in Metro||Rs. 2 Lakhs to Rs. 2.5 Lakhs||Rs. 2 Lakhs to Rs. 2.5 Lakhs|
|Overall expenditure in Tier-1||Rs. 1.25 – Rs. 1.75 Lakhs||Rs. 1.25 – Rs. 1.75 Lakhs|
|Overall expenditure in Tier-2||Rs. 70K – Rs. 1.1 Lakhs||Rs. 70K – Rs. 1.1 Lakhs|
|Duration||3 Years||2 Years|
|Affiliation||Respective Universities||Respective Universities|
- Adolescent psychologist
- Career counselor
- Child psychologist
- Educational psychologist
- · There are some institute / University exams for Bachelor degree like
- Delhi University Entrance Test (DUET)
- Central University Common Entrance Test (CUCET)
- JMI Entrance Exam