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Sahil Sharma

How do i become a psychologist?i heard that it takes minimum 7yrs?Cant i do Ph.D and MA together?Do i need a science background for doing psychology?Will i have a doctor status once i finish it?

Im an average student.I love social work and understand people well.Im sure that i would make a good psychologist.But i currently am a FyBcom student m giving up 1yr and joining for BA.So i feel less confident.Will it be worth?Also tell me what is the major difference between Bsc and BA psychology.Is Bsc more preferred for job?I am from a commerce background will it be later diff for me to do clinical psychology?because i am looking forward for clinical practice.please reply soon

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RE: How do i become a psychologist?i heard that it takes minimum 7yrs?Cant i do Ph.D and MA together?Do i need a science background for doing psychology?Will i have a doctor status once i finish it?

Deepti Sharma
Deepti Sharma
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Hi ,

To become a psychologist to need to have graduation with psychology as one of of the subjects and master's in psychology.After that you can start working under some renowned psychologist to gain some practical experience. Practically dealing the patients/clients to very important part of psychology. As the experience increases the independent work can be started. Mphil or Phd degree can be added to the qualification.

Psychology is a broad field having may specialization. One can pick his/her choice of specialization like clinical, rehabilitation, counseling, child, educational, sports,social,industrial etc

Work profile depends on the specialization one pick.

One can work in hospitals, NGO's, rehab clinics, schools,corporate sector etc . One can start there own practice after gaining ample of experience.

MA and Phd cant be done together.

You don't need a science background to study psychology.

Hope this helps

Good luck

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