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    Social Psychology: Career/Role Particulars

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    Social Psychologist:

    • What qualifications, degrees, or licenses are you need to perform this job?
    • What type of training is required or do you continue to go through to do the job?
    • What population do social psychologist primarily work with and what have they learned about working with that population?
    • What resources are needed to help make this job more effective? What resources do psychologists currently have that make their job easier and more effective?
    • Are there are any needs, difficulties, or problems in the field that researchers or interventionists should focus on?
    • Is social psychology an important field of study?
    • What are the pros and cons in this field? Does the job take from family and personal time?
    • How is psychology related to sociology? What are some important aspects in both fields?
    • How are social psychologists utilized around the world?
    • Would this field of work be recommend to up and coming students?

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    Social Psychologist: Q&A

    Social psychology is a branch of psychology that looks into human thoughts, feelings and behaviors in relation to as well as in reference to the social nature of man as he or she works, behaves and interacts with others in a social setting. In other words, social psychologists study how we behavior in a social context. For social psychologists, human behavior is influenced by others and the social context where that behavior takes place. According to McLeod (2007), "Social psychologists therefore deal with the factors that lead us to behave in a given way in the presence of others, and look at the conditions under which certain behavior/actions and feelings occur. Social psychology is to do with the way these feelings, thoughts, beliefs, intentions and goals are constructed and how such psychological factors, in turn, influence our interactions with others." In social psychology the following concepts are of interest - self-concept, social cognition, social influence, prejudice, discrimination, interpersonal processes, aggression, attitudes and stereotypes. Social psychology has great relevance in education, policymaking, social work, organizational psychology, social health as well as related elements in criminology and law enforcement, to name a few.

    • What qualifications, degrees, or licenses are you need to perform this job?
    - In the US, social psychologists begin by earning a Bachelor's degree in social psychology (4 years). Oftentimes with clinical components to the degree, this leads to membership in professional associations and the gaining of professional as well as state licensees. For advanced practitioners however, a Master's degree is required (2 years). Specialists in social psychology who lecture and teach as well as do research in the field earn a PhD or a PsyD (for clinical practice, from 2-4 years). ...

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