The obvious choice is “psychology,” right? Not so fast – psychology is definitely a science.
Many people don’t think of psychology as a “real” science for a few reasons. For one, psychologists rely on subjective experiences, meaning they rely on thoughts and feelings, which vary from person to person. Even meanings of words aren’t definitive. There is no numerical way to measure feelings like happiness or anger. However, this doesn’t mean psychology doesn’t get an invite to the science party.
Theoretical physics, organic chemistry and evolutionary biology have one thing in common: they study something. Psychology is the study of the human mind and its functions. Furthermore, psychology uses scientific method to research, make predictions and try to prove theories. Sounds pretty scientific to me!
So maybe the little test at the beginning was misleading, but pose this trick question to your friends and let them know that all three subjects are, in fact, science. Check out these diverse jobs in psychology … there might be one perfect for you!
Sport and performance psychologist – Find ways to motivate, rehabilitate and evaluate athletes to improve their game.
Education psychologist – Provide services such as assessing students’ abilities and developing curriculum in school systems. School psychologists consult with teachers on the learning and behavior needs of students.
Environment psychologist – Research ways to change human behavior to lessen or reverse the effects of climate change and declining biodiversity. This field also looks at the effects of urban planning and environmental health.
Public service psychologist – Beyond criminal profiling, forensic and public service psychologists work in child safety, trauma counseling, and military and emergency services.
Business psychologist – Determine which job candidates would be the best fit; many others offer employee assistance services.