(Closed) Job Opportunities or lack thereof with a Masters in Cognitive Psych?

posted 5 years ago in College
Post # 3
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Busy bee

@angustia:  Hey there! Maybe I can help a bit. I did some cog psych in my undergrad, and eventually decided to get a PhD in Clinical Psych. With an MA in psych, before I got my PhD, I was able to work a few jobs. I am based in the Bay Area (SF) so it might be different here though. There are tons of research opportunities with a cognitive psych background though. Do you have an area of interest within? If you get an MA in psych, do you know what kind of psych it would be? I think I saw it offered for experimental psychology when I was applying, but not for behavioral neuroscience or clinical psych.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I am getting my masters in Mental Health Counseling, kinda close!
My BA is in english so getting a job for me has been a hell of a ride. Granted I am in my first year in the masters program  but still, you would think SOMEONE would want me, I mean hey, I am awesome :). I think I put out something like 20 applications, and so many resuemes. I finally got a call back today, to be a Residential program worker for 11$ per/h. ( not complaining mind you!)

Depending on your concentration, and what populations your willing to work with will depend on how available jobs are and how much you make.  I know the concentration I want to work with is the inmate/corrections. There is not a lot of competition there and the starting ( in my area) is 30$ per/h .  My friend wants to work with children… her prospects are much less and more competetive.

Post # 6
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Busy bee

@angustia:  So exciting! Lots to think about. My cognitive science research was on event-related potentials and brain imaging and language. That experience would be helpful in careers that are flourishing right now around brain plasticity, such as lumosity.com. There is a lot of money in marketing research as well, especially in the areas of Perception (scents, foods, etc).

I would start by researching specific programs in the field that I am interested in because not all schools offer the same programs. For example, some schools don’t offer PhD’s in Clinical Psych, but call it Clinical Science instead. Or there are programs in experimental psych, cognitive neuroscience, etc. Sometimes they just call it something different, sometimes the focus is totally different. And then they can either be masters or PhDs or even PsyD’s (which I hadn’t even heard of before).

Do you know if you want to practice (see patients/clients)? Or would you rather do research/stay in academia? Because that can help define fit as well.

Hope this is helpful!

Post # 7
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Busy bee

OH and congrats on the BA in June! Smile

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Who’s got two thumbs and a degree in Psychology and found SO MANY [lol] opportunities that she ended up teaching English in South Korea?

 

 

 

This girl.

 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Ok I’m a little off here but I have a BA in Psych and a Master and credential in School Psychology. Side note-also in CA ๐Ÿ™‚ Anyway, from what I’ve heard and seen of the job market it seems to be things are pretty slim for clinical psychs and mental health psychs, there was a big push in education where all the schools are taking back our mental health services so we’re not contracting out anymore with the Department of Mental Health, so there were a lot of lost jobs.  On the other side, school psych is in the middle of weird phase where there seem to be a lot of jobs opening, especially for those trained in mental health and school psych.  I know a little off from what you’re considering but thought I’d throw in my two cents.

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@angustia:  “Just” a BA. But teaching is awesome, kinda wish I’d gone to school for this instead.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Just commenting to keep up. Im getting my MA in counseling and wondering about the job market too 

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

@angustia:   If I remember I’ll have Mr. Birdie come on and help you out tomrrow.  He’s going for the psy D and he’s a reasearch nerd too.  We’re at the same school , same department but 2 different tracks.

Post # 16
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Busy bee

@angustia:  Oh gosh, I hope I didn’t do that thing where people go off and tell somebody something they already know. LOL, I hate that! I was totally clueless when I was applying to programs bc I am first-generation college graduate in my family so I err on that side sometimes! My apologies. A PsyD is a bit less known than programs though – they have a doctorate in psychology so it’s a 4 year program (instead of the 5 years for PhD) and less research, with more focus on clincal instead. After the degree it’s the same licensing requirements though (post-doc year, EPPP exams, etc).

The cool thing about clinical psych is that with that degree you can do BOTH research and clinical. But if you know for sure that your passion and focus is with academia and research then you are set. I just graduated last july and my plan is to do all three – teach, practice, and research. I have been doing that throughout my training so there are definitely opportunities.

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