Medical Careers following a Psych Degree

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).       

dealing with beakers of dark chemicals in the labIf you are more inclined toward the research, you may consider government jobs, for example with the Environmental Protection AgencyCenters for Disease Control, or the National Institute of Health
 
Another option is to become a medical laboratory technician for a university or hospital, helping with research on a medical related topic.  Data collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of medical laboratory technicians is projected to grow 22 percent from 2012 to 2022. In addition, it is thought that the increase in the elderly population will lead to a greater need to research medical conditions (e.g., A;zheimer's disease) in the laboratory.

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