Sahil Sharma

What are the placement opportunities for a Psychology student?

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RE: What are the placement opportunities for a Psychology student?

Adhunika Naithani
Adhunika Naithani
Verified Career Expert
School Counselor at Step By Step School NOIDA
  • Noida


Placement is a big issue in the field of psychology. As the course is new and not many people know about it as well. So not many organizations hire Psychologist.

Also a mere Graduation is Psychology will not land you up in a good job. To get a job you at least need to do a Masters in Psychology and only then you can look for a job.
Now a days simply doing Masters is also not sufficient in this field and hence many people then go for an M.Phil or a Diploma in the Guidance and Counselling to get a good job.
Many college also do not offer placements hence the student will have to look for the job on their own. But surely with changing times Psychologists are hired in a lot of areas like Schools, Clinics, Organizations, NGO's, etc.. etc..... It purely depends on your interest and your specialization as in which area you would want to work,
There are many notifications of Jobs in the various job portals from where you can apply for the job.
But it is suggested to first decide in the area you would what to work and then go for a specialization and then finally apply for the job.Having adequate skill set will help you climb the ladder of success easily and soon and also you will encounter less problems in your work.It will also help you to avoid any malpractices and will help you work in perfection.
Getting a good job requires you to have adequate qualification, skills and the right attitude which you will acquire soon as you work in the area.
I suggest you to also keep upgrading your skills even after you get a job so that will help you get good jobs later on as well.
Also start with a job that is of your interest even if it is paying you less as once with a good experience you can always change your job. Also remember that in the field of Psychology your experience is of utmost importance to fetch you a good job.

Best Wishes!

RE: What are the placement opportunities for a Psychology student?

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


Thank you for choosing careerguide and writing to us. I appreciate your interest in psychology and I am glad to offer you some insight into psychology placement opportunities in India. First of all you need to understand that Psychology is a broad science with a variety of divisions. If you study Psychology at degree level in India, you are required to choose a major or an elective subject as part of the degree. This specialization leads you to a career in future. For example, students have options in specializing in clinical psychology, industrial psychology, counselling psychology or educational psychology. Based on the elective you choose you will work in careers associated to that elective. As said, Psychology is vast and do you know how many branches does it have and what are more popular among Indian students? To have a better understanding, have a look at this picture below.
In India, you have very good placement opportunities with Clinical psychology and Counselling psychology. If you choose to study Industrial/ organisational psychology you can also work in corporates in human resource department.
Further to this, you can also work at various sectors with a degree in Psychology varying from education sector to hospital or other industry sector. If you look at the picture below, you can understand the types of sectors you can work at.
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With specializations in Psychology, you can find placement opportunities at above sectors. For example, if you specialize in Clinical psychology you can work at universities lab and hospital labs. If you specialize in educational psychology, you can work at schools. If you specialize in Industrial/ organisational psychology you could work for Business and non-profit organizations. If you study Counselling psychology, you can either work for a registered or licensed practitioner or start your own practice consultancy and work as a family counsellor/ child counsellor/ education counsellor/ career counsellor.
Finally, to give you some in-depth clarity, I can brief you where and what psychologists are likely to do in each sector. Look at the picture below,
From the above picture, you can develop a good understanding of where you could target for potential jobs. With a degree in Psychology and according to the specialization you choose, you can target the industries accordingly.
--> Health/ education/ childcare: Health psychology, Child psychology and educational psychology specializations.
-->Business sector: Industrial/ organisational psychology
-->Social work: Rehabilitation psychology, adult psychology, child psychology and health psychology
--&gt;Marketing: Consumer psychology
-->Professional psychology: Clinical psychology specialization.
Hope the briefing is of a good help to you. All the best.

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