If I do post graduation in Psychology, what kind of jobs can I get both in India and abroad?

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RE: If I do post graduation in Psychology, what kind of jobs can I get both in India and abroad?

Preeti Taneja
Preeti Taneja
Verified Career Expert
Head Guidance & Counselling at Confidential
  • Chandigarh

The growing understanding of psychology and its importance has brought with itself a plethora of career opportunities. It holds a solution to a thousand mental, social and psychological problems human beings find themselves battling with. Psychology is an extremely complex science working on pure logic and reasoning combined with apt sensitivity. As within this field , one can specialize in clinical, counselling, neuro, criminal & legal, Industrial/ Sports, educational, social, community psychology. So depending upon the area of their specilalization ,an individual can find employment with neuropsychiatric hospitals, school and college counselling centres, government organizations or private research organizations, prisons, juvenile centres and special hospitals, business, government agencies, factories, industrial set up corporate houses, consultant for sports teams, mental health centres, counselling centers, sheltered workshops, hospitals and schools.
The brief of activities carried out by diffrent psychologists are :-
Clinical Psychologists- assess and treat people with psychological problems. They may act as therapists for people who are experiencing normal psychological crisis or for individuals suffering from chronic psychiatric disorders.
Counselling Psychologists- tend to focus more on persons witn adjustment problems rather rather than chronic psychistric disorders.
Neuro Psychologists- Neuro psychologists study the relationbetween physical human systems and behavior. These psychologists work in stroke and head injury programmes, oncology programs.

RE: If I do post graduation in Psychology, what kind of jobs can I get both in India and abroad?

Aparna M Venkatesan
Aparna M Venkatesan
Verified Career Expert
PhD Management And Organizational Psychologist
  • Hosur

Hello there,



Thank you for choosing careerguide and writing to us. I appreciate your interest in expanding career opportunities in Psychology both in India and abroad. If you do your post graduation in Psychology from any Indian institute you are likely to specialize in Clinical psychology, Counselling psychology, educational psychology or Industrial/organisational psychology. These are the common elective subjects offered by Indian institutions and therefore based on these elective subjects, I shall brief you the types of careers you are likely to get in India and abroad.

Clinical psychology:
You can work in India and abroad at clinical set ups that tests patients with certain mental disorders. This branch is well established in India and the associated research and facilities are at par excellence to that of international standards. An Indian degree in Clinical psychology is very much valid in foreign and you can get similar lab testing oriented roles abroad. With a Masters in Clinical psychology, you can work as Research assistant both in hospitals and universities in India and abroad.
Counselling psychology:
With an Indian degree in Counselling psychology, you can work under licensed practitioners in India practicing in your field of counselling (like family, education, rehab or career counselling). If you wanted to work abroad, it does require you to have passed some qualifications and testing that are in practice in that country. For example, if you want to practice as a relationship counsellor or career counsellor abroad, you are required to pass some tests of that country and obtain registration and license to practice in that country. Every country has an association of Psychologists and if you contact the relevant chamber, they should be able to guide you better on the type of exam and qualifications you are required to take to be able to practice in that country.
Educational psychology:
With an Indian degree in educational psychology, you can practice in Indian schools to assess the learning behaviour of students and also suggest possible solutions tto overcome learning difficulties. In case of working abroad, you need to be a qualified, registered practitioner and in most cases you are required to complete a PhD, and achieve a Doctorate in educational psychology.
India is not well established in this area compared to foreign countries. Work is much associated at top management strategic level at corporates and there are very few options for students who are freshers in this field. At the max, freshers with this degree could only work as a HR intern and establish a career into human resources. But in case of abroad, you can work as a Researcher at universities and certain consulting companies studying motivation, stress, team working behaviours, change management, organisational change and development and the associated behaviours of employees involved in the company. This field is booming in India and has a long way to make through.
Hope this helps. Good luck.

RE: If I do post graduation in Psychology, what kind of jobs can I get both in India and abroad?

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

Thanks for posting a query. Psychology is broad area which include specializations. You did not mention your specialization so it would be difficult to say what kind of job Psychology professionals may get. In addition, you did not mention which foreign countries? I assume that you want to know the scope of most specializations of Psychology and by abroad I assume you mean western countries.

You can not work in Western countries with Indian degree as Western countries have their own regulatory bodies and you need certification from institutions in respective country. Certification must include practice in respective cultural context under licensed psychologist. After certification, one need to apply for license. After license, once can practice or work as psychologist.

In India, counseling, clinical, educational, industrial and forensic psychology is known specializations.

Counseling psychologists work in not-for-profit organizations, mental health institutes, hospital for mental health, academics institutions (school, college) or private practitioner.

Clinical psychologists work in hospital for mental health, academic institutions, research agency, or private practice.

Industrial psychologists work in corporate houses in the area of Human Resource Management, Recruitment, Training and Development, Employee Counseling etc., academics or work as independent consultants.

Forensic psychologists can work in forensic laboratory, correctional homes, CBI's forensic department (recruitment is through UPSC exam), academics, or independent consultant.

Hope this is helping you.

With Best Wishes,
Apurva Kumar Pandya, PhD

RE: If I do post graduation in Psychology, what kind of jobs can I get both in India and abroad?

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