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Getting The Training Required for Top Mental Health Jobs

In mental health jobs, you can find fulfilling career opportunities that allow you to lend a hand to those in need. Here's how to go about getting the credentials for one.

Careers in the medical field can be extremely rewarding paths that ensure you’re able to help many people, while also acquiring a great paying career that can see you accomplishing all of your life goals.  With the right type of career path, you’ll find that there are jobs out there for anyone within the field, that are equal to the level of commitment you’re up for when it comes to finding your path.  There’s obviously a lot of training that’s involved with actually attaining mental health careers.  But they are well worth the time that you’re going to be putting in.

The first thing that you have to be prepared with for any types of mental health jobs, is that there are certain educational requirements, no matter what level you’re looking to be employed within.  So it’s important that you are able to meet the requirements for the job that you’re looking to land, so that you can be sure you’re able to find the perfect position. Here are the different levels and what jobs you can get with each level of college mental health education:

                -Bachelors degree

With this, you can start your path to becoming a registered nurse, so that you can provide help to the actual therapists and psychologists.  However, you’re not really able to go much further up the ladder, because you unfortunately don’t have the education level that’s necessary for you to progress.

                -Masters degree

This is a necessary level for the higher up mental health jobs, and those can include a social worker type of position.  For this sort of psychology jobs you have to have a good amount of knowledge into the field, and you also have to be aware of how to assess someone’s mental state.  Only a masters degree allows for that.


If you actually want to attain mental health careers like that of a psychologist, you have to get your doctorate.  That’s the only way that you’re going to be ready to enter into the field, and maybe even start your own practice some day. 

Of course, alongside the educational requirements, you’re going to find that you also need to attend quite a bit of on job training, as well as other types of internships so that you can be sure you actually get an on site education.  Without this, you’re not going to be able to get any mental health jobs, and it’s really important that you do so to build that resume, and get yourself ready for a career.  The training for certain jobs is going to look something like this:

                -For registered nurses you can expect a year or two of actual on the job training, so that you can apply for and pass your actual nursing state license test.  It’s a necessity that you are licensed to actually become a nurse in the state in which you would like to work, otherwise it’s actually illegal for you to take on any types of standard nursing duties on your own.  But with the right type of training, you can be sure that you’re ready for any mental health careers.

                -Social workers and family therapists require a bit more actual training, and usually have long and very involved internships before you’re actually able to get a job.  Most typically you want to be getting an internship or some sort of training the entire time that you’re going for your masters degree, so that you can be sure that you’re ready to land a job once you’re finished.  Because of the different situations you’ll be encountering, and the expertise that higher up mental health jobs like these require, it’s always good to get as much experience as you can.

                -On the actual doctor’s side of things, you’re going to find that the average psychologist requires around the same type of on the job training as well as actual internships.  But alongside all that work you have to go to college until you’re able to attain your actual doctorate.  For psychiatrists, you actually have to go to medical school and complete a full standard doctor’s course before also mastering your field, because you’ll have the ability to prescribe medication to mental illness of any kind.

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