Psychology is the second most popular college major, according to The Princeton Review. But while most people think of clinical or counseling psychology when they consider the field, one of the highest-growth areas of psychology is actually industrial-organizational psychology, or the application of psychology to the workplace. This field is expecting 35% job growth between 2010 and 2020, compared to 22% job growth for clinical, counseling, and school psychologists, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). This higher growth will be caused by a greater number of businesses seeking to retain their employees and keep them more productive.
According to the American Psychological Association, psychologists study two relationships: the one between brain function and behavior, and the one between behavior and environment. While this might make it sound like a narrow career field, these two topics alone contain a world of interesting and rewarding work that many graduates decide is their life’s calling. Among other roles, they can become community, developmental, engineering, or sport psychologists, as well as use their knowledge to partner with other professionals, such as lawyers, scientists, physicians, and policymakers. Most psychology jobs are increasing in popularity, likely due in part to the potential of high salaries and fulfilling work. Specifically, jobs in child psychology, engineering psychology, and forensic psychology can lead to six-figure salaries, according to Business Insider.
The APA is the largest professional organization for psychologists in the U.S., with more than 134,000 members representing clinicians, students, researchers, and more. The association also features 54 divisions dedicated to psychologists who practice certain …
The ASPPB creates the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP), a national exam which must be passed before a student can be issued a license to practice psychology in their state. They are also a great one-stop resource for state-by-state licensure …
The SPSP is dedicated to the advancement of research into "how people think, behave, feel, and interact." The society holds a summer school every two years to immerse students in new developments and research in social psychology.
This School Psychology group on LinkedIn is open to those who are employed in school psychology, school psychology students, or who otherwise have a demonstrated interest in the field. The group is described as active, with multiple discussions taking place among its more than 3,000 members
The Mental Health Network is not limited to psychologists, but includes people who are employed in other mental health careers as well. This locked group is very active, with two subgroups and more than 18,000 members.
This open group allows practitioners in numerous mental health fields to connect, with discussions ranging from frustrations in private practice, to commentary over recent news and issues in psychology