Psychology Careers and Licensure in North Carolina

North Carolina is a U.S state in the southeastern part of the country. It is bordered with Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia. It is a big state comprising of 100 counties whereas the capital is Raleigh. This state ranks at 28th for being the most extensive and 10th for being the most populous region of the United States. If we talk about its economy, it has diversified sectors of finance, engineering and biotechnology. Businesses have been flourishing gradually in this state and future prospects reveal that due to the constant increase in population nearly all professions would experience growth.

Psychology careers in North Carolina are expected to grow along with other professions, hence creating a more viable environment for psychologists. Qualified psychologists might work in clinical and research areas.

Overview

According to the United States Census Bureau, population of North Carolina is 9,656,401. Few big cities are Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro and Winston-Salem and there are up to 15 metropolitan areas. These areas are centered for business activity thus playing a key role in the state’s economy.

Among the industries operating in North Carolina, the top ones are healthcare and social assistance with an average annual employment of 573,016, retail trade with 554,739 and manufacturing with 543,861. Others in demand are construction, finance, insurance, accommodation and food services; estimated by North Carolina Department of Commerce Division of Employment Security

Furthermore, the top most settings with a growing employment rate are ambulatory healthcare, administrative & support, educational and food services. Psychologists can operate in these industries working in the clinical or industrial side. They assess, diagnose, treat and prevent problems associated with disorders, emotional stress and breakdowns of mental processes and human behaviors.

Education Requirements

According to the requirements set by the state, doctorate level degrees are required in clinical, research or counseling areas to work in this field. The industrial-organizational psychologists need a master’s degree to work whereas all other psychologists also require a master’s degree to serve in divergent industries at varying positions.

Bachelor’s Degree

Education, health, and business services have the highest concentration of jobs, as reported by the Employment Security Commission of North CarolinaAn undergraduate degree is suitable to work in fields where interpersonal communication and scientific methodology are required. Psychologists are among the 15 fastest growing occupations of the state, reported by the Employment Security Commission. Exceptional skills are needed for the fastest growing occupations such as family social workers, teachers, communication analysts and sales agents.

Master’s Degree

Numerous jobs are available for psychologists with a master’s degree. Counseling jobs are extremely popular and the employment rate is estimated to grow by 53%, being one of the highest. The occupations where most of the qualified professionals could work are correctional institutions, halfway houses, substance abuse centers, social agencies, and nonprofit organizations.

Doctorate’s Degree

Clinical, school and counseling psychologists must have a doctorate degree, whereas this state has a high demand for sports, developmental, and health psychologists. These individuals might be able to find work in universities, hospitals, correctional institutions, social agencies and mental health centers. Other than that, businesses search out best candidates to join as industrial-organizational psychologists.

Licensure Requirements

Licensing is obligatory for individuals who want to practice and apply their learned skills. Whether you are residing in North Carolina or have moved from outside, you must have a doctorate level education. After that, 2 years of experience is required under the supervision of a professional. A temporary provisional license is given to those individuals who have fulfilled all the requirements for licensures except experience. For a proper license, one would have to give an examination recommended by the licensure board of North Carolina.

Career Opportunities

Clinical Psychologists: Counseling and school psychologists held about 2,560 jobs in 2011 with an annual change of 0.88% according to The North Carolina Occupational Employment and Wages.  The top employers of clinical psychologists in this state are U.S. Navy, Professional Performance Development Group, Catalyst Professional Services U.S. Navy Reserve and U.S. Air Force.

Operational Psychologist: According to the North Carolina Occupational Employment and Wages, operational psychologists along with other specialties held about 270 jobs. These individuals provide operational treatment of mind, behavior and feelings that can be used to understand the human nature. Among popular employers are the Central Intelligence Agency CIA and SAIC.

Salary Trends

In 2012 it has been recorded that a psychologist on average earns $82,320 per year in North Carolina. (salary.com)

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