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Working with Children--Master's Degree in Psychology

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Moving from a Psychology degree to a Master's degree Working with Children

With your Psychology degree you can move forward to a Master's Degree. If you want to work with children, you might decide to pursue a Master's degree in Clinical or Counseling Psychology. Going the Clinical route (PhD-Doctor of Philosophy or PsyD-Doctor of Psychology) is best suited for those with an interest in psychopathological populations and behavioral health--typically involves doing therapy. If you decide on Counseling, you can still do therapy, but the focus of your training will be on vocational and career processes, human diversity, and professional training. Your Master's Degree can lead to a job at a school, at a private clinic, with a non-profit organization, or with the state or local government. You might even decide to go into private practice. Those who want to conduct research with children can earn a Master's degree (typically in Developmental Psychology) and then move forward to earn a PhD degree in Developmental Psychology. If you plan on conducting research in a university setting, you really need to earn a PhD. Finally, you can earn a Master's degree in Developmental Psychology and be in a better position for certain types of careers that involve children. For example, you might want to work as a Director of a daycare center.

A Master's Degree typically requires 2 years of graduate school to complete a master's thesis (research project). As a Master's Degree student you typically must pay tuition, and it is unlikely that you will receive a stipend as a Research Assistant or Teaching Assistant. Keep in mind that a Master's degree tends to offer greater job opportunities and greater salary than a Bachelor’s degree, and that it can lead (for Clinical and Counseling Psychology or a Master of Social Work) to being licensed to do certain tasks (e.g., testing, therapy). Click here to read more about what a Master's degree in psychology offers.

Salary Information

A Master's degree in the following areas will pay less than  the amounts listed for a Doctoral degree:

apa.org lists the median yearly income for a PhD in Clinical Psychology at $80,000.

apa.org lists the median yearly income for a PhD in Counseling Psychology at $85,000.

zipcruiter.com lists the average yearly income for a PhD in Developmental Psychology at $71,000.

payscale.com lists the average yearly income for a PsyD at $77,000.

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Click here to read more about what a Master's Degree in Psychology offers.

Click here to read about important steps for Mental Health Careers with a Graduate Degree.

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Click on the links below to read about other Child care and Research careers that only require a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology degree:

Working with Children--Child care

Working with Children--Child Protection

Working with Children--Teaching Children

Click on the links below to read about other Child care and Research careers that require a graduate degree:

Working with Children--Master in Social Work

Working with Children--Careers that Require a Doctoral Degree in Psychology

Working with Children--Psychiatrist

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Working with Children Careers--Master in Social Work

face of Asian girl looking directly at camera Earning a Master of Social Work degree after your Psychology degree

Earning a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree is a definite possibility after you receive your Psychology degree. As a Master of Social Work, one direction you can go is to offer direct services--working with those who need help solving everyday problems. You might decide to be a Clinical Social Worker. This job involves  the diagnosis and treatment of individuals who are dealing with mental health issues; you will provide therapy.

Where do you work as a Master of Social Work? You could work in a government job (e.g., Department of Health), in a hospital, or in a medical clinic. In addition, a Master of Social Work might find a job in a non-profit community health agency, a substance absuse clinic, or a school or organization serving youths.

To earn a Master of Social Work degree typically takes 2 years. You need to do some research, because some Social Work programs do not require a written thesis. In addition, keep in mind that typically you must pay tuition. A real positiove of earning an MSW is that this degree offers greater job opportunities and greater salary than a Bachelor’s degree. Moreover, an MSW allows you to be licensed by a state to do certain activities (e.g., therapy). Finally, an MSW focuses on the practice of psychology and puts less emphasis on research. Click here to learn more about this degree.

Click here to link to the National Association of Social Workers website.

Salary Information

indeed.com lists the average yearly income for an MSW at $49,000.

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Click here to read some important steps in earning an MSW.

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Working with Children--Child care

Working with Children--Child Protection

Working with Children--Teaching Children

Click on the links below to read about other Child care and Research careers that require a graduate degree:

Working with Children--Careers that Require a Doctoral Degree in Psychology

Working with Children--Psychiatrist

Working with Children--Careers that Require a Master's Degree in Psychology

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Working with Children Careers--Doctoral Degree

boy and girl working together at computer After receiving my Psychology degree, what careers Working with Children can I pursue with a Doctotal Degree in Psychology?

With your Psychology degree, you can move on to earn a Doctoral degree.  With a Doctoral degree you can Work with Children in various areas. These areas include jobs at a school, private clinic, a non-profit organization, or government. Being in private practice is also an option.

Clinical (PhD or PsyD)--concerned with psychopathological (mental health disorders) populations and behavioral health.

Counseling (PhD)--concerned with vocational and career processes, human diversity, and professional training.

Experimental (PhD)--investigate human growth and development process

Non-profit Organizations/Government Agencies (Phd or PsyD)--concerned with organization/agencies that are designed to further a specific purpose or mission

Program and Policy Consultants (PhD or PsyD)--offer expert advice to various organization, government agencies, etc.

In the domain of Clinical Psychology or Consulting you can decide to earn one of two degrees--a PhD (Doctor of Philosphy) or a PsyD (Doctor of Psychology). In the other career areas you typically receive a PhD (Doctor of Philosophy). You should also be aware that abefore you can get a PhD you must complete a Master's (MA or MS) degree, either from the same school or another school. It generally takes 4-6 years to complete a PhD; you complete a dissertation (research project). With regard to a PsyD, it takes a little less time to complete than a PhD. Also, a PsyD does not involve a research project. One other interesting fact about earning a Doctoral degree is that typically when you are working toward your PhD you do NOT pay tuition--you get a tuition waiver. In addition, you usually receive what is called a "stipend" (salary for working as a Research Assistant or Teaching Assistant). However, neither a tuition waiver or a stipend is typically given to students earning a PsyD. Remember, both a PhD and a PsyD offer greater job opportunities and a greater salary than a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree, and both a PhD and a PsyD allow you to be licensed by a state to do certain activities (e.g., testing, therapy). Read about a comparison between Masters and PhD degrees in psychology here. Also, read about a comparison between a PhD and a PsyD here.

Salary Information

apa.org lists the average yearly income for a PhD in Clinical Psychology at $80,000.

apa.org lists the average yearly income for a PhD in Counseling Psychology at $85,000.

zipcruiter.com lists the average yearly income for a PhD in Developmental Psychology at $71,000.

apa.org lists the average yearly income for a PhD in Educational Psychology at $875000.

payscale.com lists the average yearly income for a PsyD at $77,000.

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Click here to read important steps to a Doctorate in Working with Children.

To learn more about applying to Psychology graduate school school check out the following:

American Psychological Association

Columbia University

Mitch’s Guide

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Click on the links below to read about other Child care and Research careers that only require a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology degree:

Working with Children--Child care

Working with Children--Child Protection

Working with Children--Teaching Children

Click on the links below to read about other Child care and Research careers that require a graduate degree:

Working with Children--Social Worker

Working with Children Careers that Require a Doctoral Degree

Working with Children--Psychiatrist

 

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Working with Children--Psychiatrist

heads of one girl and one boy smiling at camera Using your Psychology degree to become a Psychiatrist?

One path you can take with your Psychology degree is to become a Medical Doctor, a person who is a qualified practitioner of medicine. More than that, you might decide to become a certain type of Medical Doctor--a Psychiatrist. A Psychiatrist treats people with mental health problems, and (as a Medical Doctor) they can treat these problems with drugs and other medical techniques.

To become a Psychiatrist you need to go to medical school. It usually takes 4 years to graduate (2 years classroom training in medicine and 2 years clinical training). The tuition for this degree tuition is paid by you, very rarely is therefinancial support for medical school. After you graduate from graduate from medical school, you must obtain licensure from a state Board of Medicine to practice as a Medical Doctor. Also after graduating you will decide to specialize in Psychiatry and then ccomplete a 3-7 year residency program before their training is finished.

You can read more about becoming a psychiatrist here.

Salary Information

The Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the yearly average income for a Psychiatrist at $195,000.

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Click here to read important steps to be a Psychiatrist.

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Click on the links below to read about other Child care and Research careers that only require a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology degree:

Working with Children--Child care

Working with Children--Child Protection

Working with Children--Teaching Children

Click on the links below to read about other Child care and Research careers that require a graduate degree:

Working with Children--Master in Social Work 

Working with Children--Careers that Require a Doctoral Degree in Psychology

Working with Children--Careers that Require a Master's Degree in Psychology

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