Psychology in 2008
“The roots of psychology can be traced back through centuries. Cave men and cave women probably wondered why each behaved as they did. Since at least the time of Socrates, Plato and Aristotle in ancient Greece, psychological topics have inspired lively curiosity” (Bernstein, 6). In 1879, founded by Wilhelm Wundt the science of psychology was born. Since then psychology has been and always will be an ever-growing scientific field.
In a field that focuses around human thought processes and behavior there will always be opportunities available and as long as there is human consciousness the world will need psychologists. Psychology offers so many different opportunities to someone interested in pursuing a career in the field. From research and market analysis to statistical information collection to clinical psychology the opportunities are endless. In coming years psychology will prove to be a stable field to base a career in.
In the year 2008, there will be many job opportunities available in the field of psychology, with “approximately a twenty-one to thirty-five percent growth rate in job openings” (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 152). “Employment in professional specialty occupations is projected to grow the fastest and increase more—by 5.3 million workers—than any other major group over the 1998–2008 period” (Braddock, 52). Among the occupations that fall within this category are counselors, mental health service providers, statisticians, analysts and teachers.
Persons holding a doctorate’s degree in psychology have the greatest chances for placement in the field. Positions ranging from clinical psychologist to educational psychologists are available to them. Most of the growth will occur in universities and businesses that offer counseling services. Job opportunities for educational psychologists will also become more available due to the need for professors and researchers. Businesses will begin to hire more psychologists, as well. And business will not only continue to use the skills of a psychologist to examine research and statistical information about the market, they will also begin to hire psychologists for the sole purpose of helping their employees deal with personal issues that may interfere with productivity. Clinical aspects of psychology will also open doors for prospective practitioners. Mental health clinics are always in need of professionals. With the rising trend of substance abuse and the never ceasing existence of mental illness, outpatient services in hospitals and drug abuse clinics will account for most of in-field growth (BLS, 152). In many hospitals, the number of patients greatly outweighs the number of psychologist, which leads to insufficient or improper care of patients. With drug abuse, patients need just as much and sometimes even more attention then those who are mentally ill. Rehabilitation requires more than just abstaining from using a substance, many times it takes years and...