It took a while, but now Western medicine acknowledges the mind-body relationship in the treatment and prevention of disease. As a result, the medical community has started to consider the importance of psychological and social factors in disease. This has led to a demand for psychological expertise in a wide array of medical issues. Of course, greater demand means that those with a psychology degree face unprecedented career opportunities in health care.
One career direction you might go is in patient care. You could become a mental health technician and help doctors, nurses, and psychologists in treating patients with mental/behavioral problems (e.g., substance abuse).
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