Personal Statement: Exploring Careers In Psychology

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Extra Credit 1: Exploring Careers in Psychology The psychology career I am interested in is Clinical psychology specializing in the military (Military psychology). An educational background in psychology is necessary for this career because as a clinical psychologist you need to have some type of background of psychology and the different types of therapies. What made me so interested in this career was the fact that most times psychologists try to treat vets more than active soldiers and there has been research about helping active soldiers as well, so the problem doesn’t progress. What also made me make up my mind up about this career was my friend Hunter. Hunter suffered from PTSD after his two bad ops and his unit Humvee was ran over an…show more content…
The United States employs psychologists for every branch (Army, Navy, Marine, and Air Force) to treat active duty and retired personnel. As stated on careersinpsychology.org, military psychology is necessary in order to help choose the best men and women for this job and to ensure they are in the best mental and emotional shape. Those that pursue military psychology may conduct research, perform tests, or treat mental and/or emotional disorders. Most of the responsibility is to perform mental evaluations before recruits are allowed to enlist in the service. The education requirements to become a Military psychologist are bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and Ph.D. or PsyD and then completing an internship before they start their career (which lasts about a year). The median salary of a military psychology is determined by by a psychologist’s years of experience and his rank. For example an army captain with two years of experience can make $4,275 per month, and a colonel in the army with 14 to 16 years of experience can make $7,765 per month. With monthly salaries, a military psychologist benefit from a number of perks. Military psychologists work anywhere that military personnel are, which
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