What is Psychology? - Scope and Career Opportunities

What is Psychology?

The word psychology is derived from the Greek word psyche, literally meaning 'life' or 'breath.' Derived meanings of the word include 'soul' or 'self.'


Psychology is the study of mind and behavior of humans. In generally, psychology means, how we feel, how we think and how we behave.

It is a systematic approach to the understanding of people and their behaviour, if it is considered as science. And it is the application of the understanding of human behaviour to help solve human problems, if it is considered as a profession.

It is one of the very popular area of study in US, and most of the universities will offer this course.

Branches of Psychology:

  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Behavioral Psychology
  • Biopsychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Comparative Psychology
  • Cross-Cultural Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Educational Psychology

Scope of Psychology:
There is a huge scope for the candidates who study of Psychology. The demand in this field is very high. You can even go for higher studies like Master's in psychology and then Ph.d.

Career Opportunities:
One can become Assistant professor, Doctor, Researchers, Teachers, Counsellors, Therapists. Career areas range from health and social welfare occupations, such as Care Assistant and Assistant Psychologist, to commercial, professional and managerial jobs, such as Chartered Accountant and Marketing Manager, Administration, information work, sales, teaching and the media. One can have careers in Advisory Work, Counselling, Guidance, Occupational, Psychotherapy Personnel, Training & Recruitment, Social and Speech Therapy.

What are the job roles:

  • Psychologists
  • Assistant professor
  • Teachers
  • Counsellors
  • Therapists

Universities in India offering Psychology course:

  • Delhi University
  • Bangalore University
  • Indian Institute of Applied Psychology
  • Madras University
  • Pune University

Universities in abroad offering Psychology course:

  • Australian National University
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • London School of Economics and Political Science
  • McGill University
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