Psychology is a study of mind and behavior. Psychology is currently gaining momentum due to demand of growing industry and increased awareness with regard to mental health issues.
Indian society is currently progressing towards accepting psychology as vital science and not just for the demented. Today 1 in 5 people require counseling either psychological or psychiatric. Over 5 crore people suffer from depression in India. We need Psychology for a better understanding of ourselves and those around us.
In India, you can do your masters and then M.Phil. to start up your career as a psychologist. Usually, those who have done Graduation in psychology apply for masters in psychology. However, some colleges do accept direct admission to the master’s program.
Example, Delhi University (DU) also takes an entrance test, in which students who have done graduation from DU or DU recognized colleges students can give the test provided the scored 60% or above.
Here are top career paths as psychology student that you can pursue,
The main job of organizational Psychologists is to see well being of individuals in an organization. They help to improve the productivity of the workplace.
You are hired by MNC’s to promote productivity in the workplace.
Salary depends on two factors your work experience and academics.
Entry level you get around 30,000 INR monthly,
whereas with 3-4 years of work experience you would be getting anywhere between 50,000 – 60,000 INR monthly, also depending on your academic’s qualifications whether you are Ph.D. or master’s or graduate.
Usually, here you work in Health institutions, Education Sector, Industry, and government. Usually, as a counselor you deal with less severe mental health issues. This indicates the difference between a Counselor and clinical psychologists.
Entry level you get around 20,000 to 30,000 INR monthly
With some years of work experience, you can get easily 50,000INR monthly.
Become a Psychiatrist
For this career, the plan has to be executed in 10 standards itself. In 12 std you must have biology as one of the subjects. And do MBBS (undergraduate program) and then postgraduate degree which MD.
NIMHANS (National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Sciences) is the best institute to further your career.
As a Psychiatrist, you earn around 75,000 INR monthly.
Learning disorders, Family related problems, Stress, Peer problems, Anxiety, and other issues are your forte. Your expertise is helping both children and their parents help deal with issues.
Here also your qualifications and experience matter.
With a Ph.D. which specializes in child psychology, you can easily earn 50,000 – 60,000 INR monthly.
You treat disorders and severe mental health issues. As a clinical psychologist, you treat mental, behavioral and emotional issues. A clinical psychologist best industry initiation could be through M.Phil. program.
Here, work experience is important, also salary is variable as some give more than others on average you get 20,000 INR monthly initially.
Later graduating to 50,000 INR monthly depending upon company/organization, experience, and academic qualifications.
There are other careers one can choose in psychology like become Sports Psychologist, Forensic Psychologist, Consumer Psychologist, Military Psychologists, and many others. Though these fields in abroad provide a good earning standard in India are yet to fruition into attractive career goals.
Best of luck!!