Psychology or Psychiatry?

December 23, 2008 at 12:19 pm Leave a comment

The following query was received by a student:

What is the difference between psychology and psychiatry? Which one has better career prospects and how do we become one?


Sujata (Gurgaon)


Reply by Futuremap counsellor:

The basic difference between Psychology and Psychiatry is the degree. You need to study M.B.B.S. and do a specialization in psychiatry to become a psychiatrist and a psychologist needs a post graduation degree and a PH.D in clinical psychology to practice.


Being a psychiatrist you can join hospital, have your own clinic or can also join research and development organization.


Being a psychologist you can join hospitals, NGOs, corporate, schools, community centers and also can have your own practice.


Both the fields have challenging career prospect and scope and depends on the individual’s capabilities and skill sets.   


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