Careers in Health Psychology

The job market for health psychologists is strong for individuals who earn the master’s degree and even better for those who obtain the doctorate, as many people are becoming more concerned about maintaining and improving their health in order to live longer, more productive lives. Many medical centers around the country have expanded their employment opportunities to accommodate health psychologists. As of 2007, 48 states plus the District of Columbia had licensure for master’s-level psychologists.

Places of employment

  • Hospital clinics
  • Mental health clinics
  • Behavioral health clinics
  • Substance abuse centers
  • Rehabilitation facilities
  • Health maintenance organizations (HMOs)
  • Secondary and higher education

Whom you’ll work with

  • Clients
  • Pharmacists
  • Nurses
  • Physician assistants
  • Physical and occupational therapists
  • Social workers

What you’ll do

As a health psychologist, you will use scientific, educational and professional skills to:

  • Identify the behavioral aspects of physical and mental health and illness
  • Promote and maintain physical and mental health
  • Prevent and treat physical and mental illness
  • Analyze health policy to improve the physical and mental healthcare systems.
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