Aayushi Roy

I wanted to know that becoming a psychologist right?

I doubt that there is less scope in future for a psychologist. ..

by Aayushi Roy
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RE: I wanted to know that becoming a psychologist right?

Dr Rupa Talukdar
Dr Rupa Talukdar
Verified Career Expert
Chief Executive Counsellor at Mind's Eye-
  • Kolkata

Psychology has tremendous scope and people of today need it extremely. But before becoming a full fledged psychologist person needs to deal with the subject independently-as it is the emotion which demand cautious handling.

One can deal with the subjects in many ways:

But foremost criteria is Person who will become above must have following traits in his/her emotion:

  • Listener
  • receiver
  • tolerance
  • confident
  • cultured
  • open minded
  • target oriented and
  • high achievement need
The study you may follow:
  1. Psychology as one of the subject in Graduation
  2. Master in Clinical Psychology/Social Work/Social Science
  3. Counselling Course
  4. Rehabilitationpsychology
  5. Trainers' Training Course
  6. Neuro Psychology
  7. M Phil
  8. PhD
The success of your study/profession will depend on your skill and motivation and also courage to deal with a person who you do not know earlier-and whose emotion is disturbed anyhow.

RE: I wanted to know that becoming a psychologist right?

Apurva Kumar Pandya, PhD
Apurva Kumar Pandya, PhD
Verified Career Expert
Consulting Psychologist
  • Delhi

Thanks Tanya for writing to us.

You have not provided your educational background. Are you 10th or 12th student or pursuing graduate study?

Well, to cover broad aspect, I assume you are 12th student having psychology as one subject.

You are not sure whether or not you should pursue psychology as a viable career.

Psychology has a scope but it is in childhood stage in India. Clinical Psychology, Counseling Psychology and Industrial Psychology are much developed among other field of psychology.

Major Branches of Applied Psychology for Graduate or Post Graduate Studies in India
Clinical Psychology
Counseling Psychology
Industrial Psychology
Educational/ School Psychology
Rehabilitation Psychology

I agree with Ms. Rupa, my colleague, who mentioned traits required to be psychologist. To become successful psychologist, one need to be skillful in applying psychological principles to help clients solve complex human problems. Following are essential skills and abilities. If you feel you have these qualities, then psychology is good career option:

Understanding human behavior
Knowledge of psychological assessment and its interpretation
Communication skill
Research skills

Career Pathways to become psychologist

After graduation in psychology, one need to pursue masters in specialized field of psychology (clinical/counseling/industrial/educational). To become clinical psychologist, one need to pursue MPhil in Clinical Psychology. After MPhil, one can practice clinical psychology or work with hospital as clinical psychologist.

For other branches of psychology, students can pursue PhD.

Scope of Psychologists in India

Private Practice: After masters/MPhil, one can practice either as a counselor, clinical psychologist or psychological and behavioral consultant for corporates. Usually psychological professionals are engaged in counseling, assessment and training.

Academic: One can join academia. either choose to teach psychology at school after doing BEd. To get into college, one need to clarify All India NET for Assistant Professorship. PhD is not mandatory but highly desirable to become associate professor or professor.

Government sector: After MPhil in Clinical Psychology, one can join class II & class I level positions of clinical psychologists at hospital for mental health. One can also work with DRDO, Delhi though competitive exam.

Corporate Sector: There is demand of psychologists in corporate sector in the area of recruitment, talent management, knowledge management, personnel development and employee counseling.
One can work with corporate sector in various capacities after doing masters.

Not-for-profit sector: Development sector has requirement of counselors or program managers. Psychology professionals can also contribute to non-for-profit sectors.

Hope I have answered your queries. If you still have questions, feel free to ask.

Best Wishes for Bright Career,
Apurvakumar Pandya, PhD

RE: I wanted to know that becoming a psychologist right?

Meghna Mukherjee
Meghna Mukherjee
Verified Career Expert
Counselor at Adaptive Minds
  • Mumbai

Hi Tanya,

Just one more piece of advise I would like to add to what the above 2 counselors have mentioned.

Please note that India still is under the stereotypical influences. People do not mind visiting a GP, but going to a psychologists is a big taboo.
Not only visiting a psychologists but even discussing ones issues with an outsider is like a crime.
So you would have to fight against all odds if you wish to pursue this profession.

Also another stereotypical thinking is, why pay when we just have to talk. People believe in the fact that only popping a pill is a cure and they are ready to spend huge amounts for that. But the theory of communicating is still not deep rooted.

Hope this helps.

Wish you good luck.......

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