Career As Psychologist

“Psychologist is a very good choice for the professional highly lucrative  career.”

Before proceeding for this career…. Firstly, let us explain you about “Psychologist”.

The Psychologist is an expert or specialist in psychology.

Sometimes peoples think that the Psychologist and Psychiatrist are same profession, but they both are completely different.

Psychiatrist or other medical doctor uses medication for treatment while Psychologists can only use talk therapy as a treatment.

A Psychologist is a professional specializing in treating and diagnosing diseases of the brain, mentally or emotionally disturbed and behavior problems.

In most branches of social work which require counselling services, psychologists are much in demand. It is a highly rewarding and lucrative field.

Psychology term was first appeared in 1870s.”

In India, the first department of psychology was established at Calcutta University in the early 1915.

career as Psychologist

Types of Psychologist:

Clinical & Counseling Psychologists: These works with patients and provide mental health care.

Organizational & Community Psychologists: Who apply their psychological theories, research and techniques to the issues in industry, business, social benefit organizations, etc.

Academics: They conduct the psychological research or teaching psychology in colleges or universities.

The common term used for psychology is “scientist” or “scholars” (the person indulge in research projects) and “professional” or “Practitioners” (The person who apply psychology research). The work of a psychologist is to conduct counseling and apply psychotherapy to patients. To become psychologist you need a master’s and doctoral degree in psychology. To practice in psychology you need a license.

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Courses & Eligibility

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So You Want to Be a Psychologist?

The first step to become a Psychologist, you will need to cover up the entire degree level, i.e. Bachelor in Psychology, post graduation degree and then Ph.D degree. The psychology programmes extended to 4 year undergraduate degree in addition to 4 to 6 years doctorate degree.

Many universities in India offer various courses from bachelors to Ph.D degree level in this field. Some of the most sought courses opted by students are listed here:

Bachelors Courses (Three Year duration):

  • B.Sc in Psychology
  • BA (Hons) in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Master Courses (Two Year duration):

  • Master of Arts in Psychology
  • Master of Arts in Applied Psychology
  • Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology
  • M. Sc in Psychology

Doctoral Courses (Two Year duration):

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology
  • M.Phill in Psychology

Educational Requirements: Students can apply for bachelor courses after 12th. For postgraduate (master) courses in psychology, you should hold a graduate degree in psychology from any recognized university. For M.Phill & Ph.D courses, students should have completed a master’s degree in psychology.


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Many universities offer direct admissions to students in these courses in case of number of students are less than the seat allotted. While some other colleges or universities organize their own entrance examination for providing admissions. Some entrance examinations are listed here:

  • Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham All India Entrance Examination
  • Manipal University MA Clinical Psychology Entrance Exam
  • Delhi University M.A Applied Psychology Entrance Exam
  • Annamalai University M.Sc Clinical Psychology Entrance Exam
  • National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences Entrance Exam

Where to get admission?

Top colleges to pursue courses in the field of psychology are mentioned below:

  • Indian Institute of Psychology & Research, Bangalore
  • University of Delhi, New Delhi
  • University of Calcutta, Kolkata
  • Annamalai University, Chandigarh
  • Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham

Skills Required:

For becoming psychologist aspirants, one have some key skills which will help them to become professional psychologist. The skills are given below:

  • You should have to be shown empathy with your clients so that they can share their feelings or problems with you without any hesitation. It will make them free to say anything.
  • You should have strong communication skill to communicate with your client effectively.

The observation skill inside you is to be very accurate. It will help you to understand the facial expression, body position, actions and many others of the people.

Career Scope

“Job opportunities are endless for a Psychologist.”

They can easily find jobs in private and government sectors. Psychologist mostly taken up for jobs in various universities, colleges & schools, hospitals, clinics, government agencies, etc. Countries like Europe, USA, New Zealand & Australia are the popular places for job opportunities.

The employment in psychology is expected to rise in a few years. Most of the job opportunities will open in the clinic and in the school psychologist. Due to more demand in health care centres, hospitals, mental health centres, social health services and schools will lead to the growth of employment in psychology sector. With the increase in the aging population, mental problems, physical problems the need of psychologist is increasing. There are a number of sectors offer for the psychology degree holder’s. You can work in various psychology departments in different hospitals.

Recruitment Areas:

  • Rehabilitation Centers
  • Psychological Research Centres
  • Advertising Industry
  • Teaching
  • Welfare Organizations
  • Psychological assessment and testing
  • Research Establishments
  • Development of prevention programs
  • Forensics
  • Universities/schools
  • Child/ Youth Guidance Centers

Duties of a Psychologist:

  • Identify and research human behaviors and emotional patterns.
  • Use test and assessment to aid in diagnosing a mental health condition for the patient.
  • They gathered information through their observations, interviews, surveys, and other methods used.
  • Search organizational, psychological, emotional, behavioral, diagnose disorders, using information collected from their research study.
  • Offer long term counselling for those patients suffering from mental health disorders
  • Share the problems of their patients and make conclusions.
  • Write reports, articles, research theory, and to share collected data.
  • Studies the behavior and brain functions.

Job Profiles

  • Psychotherapist
  • Counselor
  • Teacher
  • Consultant
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Psychiatrist
  • Clinical Social Worker
  • Psychiatrist Nurse
  • Art Therapist
  • Practitioner


“Psychologist with M.Phill & Ph.D degree earns a very handsome salary package.”

The salary of a psychologist varies upon various factors such as education, experience, area of specialization, working area, etc.

In India, the average salary of a psychologist is between Rs. 2.5 to 3.5 lacs per year. Once you get established in this field or specialize in any of its branches you can earn more.

In the United States, a psychologist earns an average salary of more than $70 k per year.

Books & Study Materials

Some good books to study psychology are listed here:

Thinking Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman

The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud

The Power of Habit by Charles M. Duhigg

The Neurotic Personality of Our Time by Karen Horney

The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking by Oliver Burkeman

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Displaying 43 Comments
  1. Varun goyal says:

    Choosing a career as a pscyhologist is also one of the finest choice of the students after studying psychology course . It is quite helpful for the students who want to make their career in related field .

  2. Vanika Jain says:

    BA hons psychology course is quite demanding course after 12th . My younger brother has completed his BA hons psychology course from Quantum University which is situated in Roorkee Uttarakhand. There are various job opportunites like psychologists, counselor , social worker , educational psychologists and many more etc.

  3. Anchal says:

    I have actually done my masters in journalism, and soon after started working. I am 33 now , married and a mother too..but I want to study psychology now.. Any way I can do it..

  4. Ishita Maddel says:

    Looking for guidence to make a career in psychology counsellor

  5. Jasmeen kaur says:

    Please tell me about accurate psychology books for BA course ….

  6. Shaik Mahima Raju says:

    Excluseme mam/sir
    I studied MPC intermediate what would I take a next step become psycologyist
    After two years of intermidiate

  7. Rinsha says:

    I took arts and science in 12th with psychology .can I able to study for psychologists?

  8. Rishima says:

    I am a, b.ed graduate how can I be psychologist

  9. Suhavni says:

    hey.. i am going to enter in class 11th and in future i will be going to USA and i aspire to become a psychologist. So I would like to know which stream should I choose in 11th grade which would be helpful in when I move to USA.

  10. Trupti mane says:

    Commerce student psychologist banu shakatat ka?

  11. swarna says:

    What are the available options under psychology in commerce.

  12. Ayushi Gupta says:

    Hi iam complete my BA 1st year but i want to know more about psychology I’m very interesting in this subject can i go with this because I love psychology

  13. Thasbiha says:

    Hi i am completing my 12th .can i do psychologist?there is best scope for psychologist? everyone said that psychology is not a good one but i like it very much soo pls reply for my comments

  14. A. Thasbiha says:

    Hi i am completing my 12th .can i do psychologist?there is best scope for psychologist? everyone said that psychology is not a good one but i like it very much soo pls reply for my comments

  15. Shambhavi says:

    I am a class 11th student and I want to enter in the field of psychology. I do not come from a very wealthy family so I cannot afford institutions with high fees. Is there any entrance examination or any university of psychology with average fees and good placement? In case of emtrance examination how is one supposed to prepare for it in class 11th-12th?

  16. Shahnawaz says:

    I completed HSC from commerce stream so I m eligible for psychology course or not please reply me

  17. Manvi says:

    I have done masters in physiology what job I can get now

  18. Beena says:

    I have done MSC MA,I want to do Master in Psychology, can I do and what is process.

  19. Abigel says:

    Hi.. I’m Abigel.. I’m doing psychology in Sikkim.
    I’m confuse about related to jobs.
    What I have to do to become a psychologist and teacher. Please reply me. It will be very grateful to you

  20. Anand rai says:

    I am doing graduation Biology group can i do Ma in psychology

  21. Janhavi says:

    I’m not that good at math since secondary school! Can opt for psychology if I don’t want to go for science after matriculation?

  22. MIHIR V KUMAR says:

    This is quite amazing , I gotta know and learned from this website page , I’m currently studying 2nd PU. I wanna become PSYCHOLOGIST .

  23. Priya says:

    I want to do psycology but the thing is I haven’t opted biology in my 12th so can pursue something in pyscology?and if I want to psychiatric wat should I do??

  24. Priya says:

    I want to do psycology but the thing is I haven’t opted biology in my 12th so can pursue something in pyscology?

  25. Shirisha says:

    My name is shirisha Iwant to join in ur clges can I take Direct admission in ur clg and please tell me about structure of fees

  26. Nandkishor marik says:

    I done 12th with science stream. I want psychology B. A is it possible. I know little about this. Please tell me in detail.

  27. Pushpa mandal says:

    I am in arts stream and currently i am studying in 12th so after 12th what should I choose to become clinical psychologist for mental health

  28. chinnu ann john says:

    i am a student of class 11 and studying for humanities-psychology and i’m confused for what i should go for and my most like to go for abroad did any one have any suggestions.

  29. chinnu ann john says:

    i am a student of class 12 and studying for humanities-psychology and i’m confused for what i should go for and my most like to go for abroad did any one have any suggestions

  30. Ranjit says:

    I’m preparing to learn psychology. what are the job opportunities in this field

  31. Megha. M says:

    Other courses please suggest

  32. Sahana says:

    Can I do work after pyscology and do doctorate as distance studies .reply pls

  33. Mansi says:

    I want to do an online bsc psychology course from India at a reasonable rate ,I can’t attend college physically but want to persuade my education through online me please

  34. Saibi singh says:

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  35. Bhavana says:

    Which coarse I have to take after 12th to study psychology

  36. Sakshi says:

    Is there any short course or therapy or course whose knowledge can give us job after 12th?

  37. priya says:

    psychology must be given importance but i am confused about the college that i should choose

  38. Shruti says:

    Hi gys I’m NEET 2020 aspirant to apply mbbs clg but my interest towards psychology .so there are any options after mbbs to enter psychology .If yes then plz tell me

  39. Monika Raturi says:

    Hlw sir/mam what should I do after ma psychology to become a clinical psychologist and let me know the best university college in India .

  40. sruthi says:

    Can I take psychology after completion of 12th with subject having pcb please reply me

  41. Riya malhotra says:

    I want to do Psychology as ba Hons…where in 12th class I was having the subject..from where I got the interest to opt it for my future..My BFS is 77.8 and m wishing to take admission in it possible to take admission or should I think about amity university.

  42. RIYA MALHOTRA says:

    I m really thankful to. ,the link related to psychology..I got,many ,guidance and information ,related the same.

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