Psychologist

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Think of taking up psychology? Psychology is something quite fascinating and a bit mysterious. Have you ever wondered how a psychologist can tell everything about you? It’s neither a mystery nor a fantasy, it’s just a science! And you can get into it if you want!psycho_1

Market Demand

About 10 per cent of Malaysia’s population is projected to experience mental illness by 2020. The country’s population is expected to hit 35 million seven years from now. According to Malaysia’s Mental Health Advisory Council, there’s a need for training for more psychiatrists and psychologists for hospitals and clinics. Currently in Malaysia, the ratio of clinical psychologists in the Ministry of Health (MOH) to population is 1:980,000. The ratio of psychiatrists to population should be about 1:125,000. psycho_2

Education

The field of psychology is a broad, one with a wide range of career options and the steps to becoming a psychologist will depend on the specific field of psychology you would like to specialize in. A clinical psychologist, for instance will have heavy training in both the theory and practise of psychology, and will typically need a doctorate degree in a psychology-related field in order to build a career. A therapist, on the other hand, can get by with a master’s degree in their chosen specialty.
A psychiatrist, meanwhile, would have to go through medical school training and then specialise in order to become qualified to diagnose and prescribe medication for mentally-ill patients.
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