Career advice for students aspiring to study psychology

Psychology can be defined as the study of mental processes and behavior. It emerged from biology and philosophy and is closely linked to other disciplines including sociology, medicine, linguistics, and anthropology.

The term psychology comes from the Greek word psyche meaning “breath, spirit, soul” and the word logia meaning “study of.”

A mental health professional who evaluates and studies behavior and mental processes are called a Psychologist. This should not be confused with a psychiatrist. A psychiatrist is a trained medical doctor, they can prescribe medications, and they spend much of their time with patients on medication management as a course of treatment why a psychologist focus extensively on psychotherapy and treating emotional and mental suffering in patients with behavioral intervention.


Where you can work with a degree in psychology

Hospitals, mental health clinics, schools, colleges and universities, government agencies, private businesses, and private practice.

Jobs where your degree would be useful include:

Advice worker, Careers adviser, Counselor, Detective, Human resources officer, Life coach, Market researcher, Play therapist, Psychotherapist


Branches of psychology

branches of psychology

  • Clinical psychology
  • Sport psychology
  • Neuropsychology
  • Community psychology
  • Behavioral Psychology
  • Comparative Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Educational psychology
  • Industrial-Organizational Psychology


Some tasks undertaken by psychologists are;

i) Academic and applied research counseling clients

ii) Designing and implementing programs to modify and improve behaviour

iii) Evaluating the efficacy of psychological treatments or programs

iv) Assessment and treatment of psychological programs

v) Designing and administering a wide range of tests to see how people think, feel, and perform.


Universities in Nigeria where you can study psychology

  • AAUA
  • COOU
  • BAZE
  • BSU
  • EBSU
  • EKSU
  • EPU
  • GOUU
  • IMSU
  • JOS
  • LASU
  • NDA
  • OAU
  • OOU
  • UNN
  • UYO


General admission requirements for a student aspiring to study psychology in universities in Nigeria

UTME Subjects: Any three subjects from Arts or Social Science

O’ level result: Five (5) SSC credit passes in Government or History, English Language and three (3) other subjects. A pass in Mathematics is required.

Direct entry requirement: Two (2) ‘A’ level passes including Government or History.


What you will learn as a psychology student: You will learn a lot about research, statistics, human and animal behavior, physiology, psychological conditions, how people learn and develop, and so on.


Salaries for psychologist per month: In Nigeria salaries of a psychologist varies, it depends on the organisation you are working for. It will be good to make some little research on how much the company you want to work for is ready to offer. However, in developed countries the mean average monthly salary is $6048.


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