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How to Become an Environmental Psychologist?

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How to Become an Environmental Psychologist?

What is environmental psychology?
Environmental psychology is a field of psychology that deals with the study of effects of environment or surroundings on humans. The study focuses on the human reactions to environments, to gain insight on how change in environment can manipulate people's feelings, thoughts and possibly actions in them.

Environmental psychology is an interdisciplinary field and is focused on the interaction between humans and their surroundings.

The origins of this field of study are unknown, however, Willy Hellpach is said to be the first to mention "Environmental Psychology".

Why do we need Environmental Psychologist?
Every day we are affected in some way by the environments we live, work and play in, whether we observe it or not. An environment here, can refer to a number of settings. It can also be considered as a situation. For example, some environment or surroundings may make us feel secure while other may makes us feel cramped or nervous.

The purpose of an environmental psychologist is to determine which factors of an environment can be changed to a alter a person's perception of their environment and how changes can be made.

Typically environmental psychologists use their skills to create more pleasant environments for everyone.

How to be become a Environmental Psychologist?
For a career in environmental psychology, you should start with a bachelor's degree in psychology or similar subject. Then you should earn a graduate degree in environmental psychology. Although you might find some entry-level positions with just a master's degree, earning s doctoral degree will help open doors to a more employment positions.

What are the job roles for a Environmental Psychologist?
Environmental psychologists will often find employment in a number of different areas. They work in academia, conduct research, teach coursework and publish papers in journals.

What are the career growth opportunities for them?
This field of study combines the knowledge of environmental studies and psychology. There are diverse job opportunities for environmental psychologists which include teaching or research in areas like

  • Green architecture
  • Urban planning
  • Sustainable interior design
  • Landscape architecture
  • Environmental design
  • Community development or restoration

What is the salary range for these professionals?
According to reports, for these professionals an average salary range of $74,310.

Industries / Companies / who hire these professionals:
They might work in public or private sectors. Architecture firms, government agencies, urban planning centers, and consumer research centers might also have a need for an environmental psychologist.

Top colleges / universities offering this course in India:

  • Himachal Pradesh University
  • Manipal University, Jaipur
  • Bharathiar University, Coimbatore
  • Indian Institute of Applied Psychology

Top colleges / universities offering this course Abroad:

  • Pennsylvania State University Harrisburg Campus, USA
  • University of Tasmania (UTAS), AUSTRALIA
  • Hong Kong College of Technology, Hong Kong
  • University of Surrey, UK
  • Prescott College , United States
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, United States

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