Discover all there is to know about a career in psychology. Could it be the right path for you?

Did you know that psychology is used to influence your everyday decisions?

Take shopping, for example - supermarkets place essentials, such as bread and milk, at the back of the shop in order to make you walk past the rest of the produce, heightening the possibility of impulse buys. Irrational pricing is another widely used tactic, pricing of items at £4.99 instead of £5 makes us believe we are getting a better deal than we are.

If you are interested in how psychology affects all areas of life and fascinated by the human mind, a psychology degree could be right for you.

Why study psychology?

Psychology helps you understand why people are the way they are and what motivates them to act the way they do. While most of us associate it with listening to a patient’s problems while they lie comfortably on a couch, there is much more to it than that.

Not only will a psychology degree help you develop your transferable skills (communication, critical analysis, research, etc.), it can also open doors to many rewarding careers, from counselling and social work, through to marketing, human resource management, and even roles in the police force.

What type of job could I get?

Psychology is applicable to more roles than you may think, and you certainly wouldn't be limited to becoming a psychologist if you chose to study it at degree level. Roles in business development, HR, market research, media and advertising, and the prison service are all popular with psychology graduates.

What salary could I expect?

This can vary widely, depending on the role you go into after graduating. According to Prospects, a trainee clinical psychologist could expect to earn around £26,000. Experienced psychologists can ear upwards of £48,000.

Payscale state £32,031 as the average salary for psychologists in the UK.

What type of qualification will I get?

To become a chartered psychologist, you will need to study a BPS-accredited psychologydegree, followed by a Master's degree.

Those who look to pursue a career in other fields often choose to study psychology combined with another subject.

Do I have to go to university full-time?

This isn't essential. There are plenty of options available, including online learning, blended learning and part-time study, so find the one that's right for you.

What entry requirements are there?

Requirements will vary. In most cases, A-level qualifications (or equivalent) will be required to enter an undergraduate degree. As a pure psychology degree will often include some statistical and quantitative research methods, a GCSE in mathematics will sometimes be required.

When applying for a Master’s degree, students are normally educated to a degree level.

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