General Information:

Psychology (from Greek "study of soul") is an academic and applied field involving the study of mind and behavior. "Psychology" also refers to the application of such knowledge to various spheres of human activity, including problems of individuals' daily lives and the treatment of mental illness. The UCCS Psychology Department emphasizes a scientific approach, which involves systematic observation and the use of research methodology in order to build a coherent and cohesive body of information.
Some subfields of psychology are:
Cognitive Psychology (perceiving and interpreting information)
Geropsychology (adult development and aging)
Health Psychology (promotion and maintainance of good health)
Quantitative Psychology (mathematical psychology techniques)
Social Psychology (interactions between people)
Biopsychology (Brain Stucture)
The largest percentage of psychologists are clinical psychologists, who deal with assesment, diagnosis and treatment of people with mental disorders; they may work in educational settings, clinics, hospitals, or in private practice.


Career Possibilities:

Child Psychiatrist
Clinical Psychiatrist
Community Counselor
Mediator / Arbitrator (i.e. Social Psychologist)
Research Analyst
School Counselor
School Psychologist
Health Psychologist
Industrial/Organizational. Psychologist
Developmental Psychologist
Experimental / Research Psychologist
Occupational Therapist
Physical Therapist
Psychiatric Technicians
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Worker
Vocational Education Teacher
Probation Officer
Correctional Treatment Specialist

Applicable UCCS Graduate Programs:

M.S.N. Nursing Administration
M.A. Counseling and Human Services
M.A. Special Education
M.A. Clinical Psychology
M.A. General Psychology


Median annual earnings of wage and salary clinical, counseling, and school psychologists in 2002 were $51,170
Median annual earnings of wage and salary industrial-organizational psychologists in 2002 were $63,710
Statistics for Psychiatrists - Median Salary: $135,440
Current Employment: 583,000
Projected Need for 2002-2012: 191,000 additional employees.
Demand should be particularly strong for persons holding doctorates from leading universities in applied specialties, such as counseling, health, and school psychology. Master's degree holders in fields other than school or industrial-organizational psychology will face keen competition for jobs, because of the limited number of positions that require only a master's degree. Opportunities directly related to psychology will be limited for bachelor's degree holders. Some may find jobs as assistants in rehabilitation centers, or in other jobs involving data collection and analysis. Those who meet State certification requirements may become high school psychology teachers.


UCCS Clubs:

Psi Chi & Psychology Club


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