Careers in Psychology

What Psychology Is

Psychology is an extraordinarily diverse field with hundreds of career paths. Some specialties, like caring for mentally ill people, are familiar to most of us. Others, like helping with design of advanced computer systems or studying how we remember thing, are less well known.


What is a Psychologist 

Psychologists are regulated health professionals who provide services including psychotherapy, assessment, diagnosis, consultation, and research of psychological health and problems. They are trained in evidence-based practices and follow a code of ethics that promotes respect for dignity and fair treatment. Alberta’s psychologists have advanced university degrees (Masters or Doctoral) and undergo extensive supervised training and examinations. Psychologists study the biological, cognitive, emotional, social, cultural, and environmental determinants of behaviour and through such extensive research and practice, psychologists help people cope more effectively in daily life. 


What Practicing Psychologists Do

Practicing Psychologists are qualified professionals who provide assessment, consultation and treatment for people of all ages.


Some areas include:

  •  Personal growth
  • Career planning and life transitions
  • Learning and attention difficulties
  • Marital and relationship issues
  • Parenting and family concerns
  • Separation and divorce
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Pain management
  • Health and wellness
  • Traumatic experiences
  • Habit disorders
  • Substance abuse
  • Problem gambling
  • Workplace stress
  • Performance enhancement 


Getting Ready to Work In Psychology

If you are interested in a career as a psychologist, you have to complete a master's degree in psychology or equivalent.


Take time to research your choices. The program should match your interests. For example, some psychology departments may specialize in a subfield of psychology that appeals to you. In addition, investigate the areas of expertise and research interests of individual faculty members if your career interest lies in a specific type of research.


A graduate school's department of psychology is the best source of information about the nature of its program and its admission requirements. Throughout the application process, discuss your plans with your psychology faculty advisor.


Subfields Within Psychology

Psychologists specialize in a host of different areas within the field and may identify themselves by many different labels; such as:


  • Clinical Psychologists
  • Counselling Psychologists
  • Developmental Psychologists
  • Educational Psychologists
  • Forensic Psychologists
  • Health Psychologists
  • Industrial/Organizational Psychologists
  • Neuropsychologists
  • Rehabilitation Psychologists
  • School Psychologists
  • Social Psychologists
  • Sports Psychologists  


You can also find additional career information about psychologists through the Alberta Learning Information Services (ALIS), Alberta Occupational Profiles website. More... 

How to Become a Registered Psychologist

Inquiries on how to become registered as a Psychologist in Alberta should be forwarded to the College of Alberta Psychologists. Information regarding the registration process can be found on the College's website. More...


Phone: (780) 424-5070

1-800-659-0857 Toll Free anywhere in Alberta



Educational Programs and Information 


Master's & Doctoral Degree Programs


Bachelor Degree Programs

These 4-year Bachelor's degree programs include a major in psychology or educational psychology:



Ongoing Training & Online Programs