26 September 2011
Nursing or Psychology
Nursing and Psychology are two very interesting fields of work that have always captured my attention. I have given these two career options much thought in the last couple days and there are many questions I had on either one. Which one would be better for me Which pays more Which one is more rewarding overall Which one is faster and which one would be the most convenient
When I think of nursing I always think of a scenario out of the show ???ER???. Due to shows such as that one and ???Grey??™s Anatomy??? another favorite of mine I have been fascinated with the thought of a career in nursing. To me the life of a nurse would be exciting, fast tracked, and laborious but very rewarding since you are working directly with people and always look forward to something different every day. The idea of helping people heal, and caring for them while sick is very humbling and loving. The specialty I was most intrigued by was pediatric oncology. My fears in this would be if I would be strong enough to be in such an environment How would I cope with the loss of my patients How would you continue to give hope even when all odds are against the patient How would you console the families
On the other hand I have psychology which I also have loved since high school. The wiring and complexity of the human mind perplexes and excites me in such a way that I can not describe. I would love to have a career where I would focus on how others comprehend and understand. My dream would be to counsel and assist children with learning disabilities such as autism. I think society has a very narrow recollection of information regarding those with autism and I would love to make a difference in not only the lives of my patients but of their families as well, such as how to raise them and what is expected of them throughout their life. The fears and doubts I have towards this career would be how would a general day be in working with disabled children be like Could you focus on only autistic children Is it hard to find jobs as psychologist during these times How do you overcome frustration if a patient is not progressing How would you determine if a child or adult are beyond immediate help
As I researched each individual career hoping to find the one that would best suit me and my life goals, I stumbled upon a plethora of information. While jobs in psychology are expected to increase 12% from 2008-2018, jobs in nursing are expected to increase a whopping 22% from 2008-2018 almost double that of psychology (Bureau of Labor). Along with more job opportunities nursing offers higher paying salaries than those of psychology, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average income of a psychologist falls between: $48,000-$82,000, whereas in nursing the average salary income would be between: $51,000-$76,000. Clearly the difference in salary is minimal but what about time I am all for practical careers and working smarter not harder, so if I could save myself some time in school I would greatly appreciate it. An associate in either psychology or nursing is minimally done in two years and Bachelors minimally in about four. Nursing and Psychology although they differ greatly have a lot of similarities in their general course time, and salaries. One difference in timing would be that in nursing you would have to account doing your pre-requisites then applying to the nursing program where the waiting list could delay your expected two or four year graduation time. Since nursing is of demand you will be competing with many other students who are all trying to get into various nursing programs along with similar classes. This would be the most tedious experience I can detect thus far in the schooling perspective in nursing. In psychology you would not have these same worries seeing as there is no extra psychology program required. Once you major in psychology you need only take the classes required.
While I have researched and explored twain careers I found it much more difficult to find answers to the more profound questions I stated earlier. I have conversed with other friends and family that hold positions in psychology and both assure me that taking a career in psychology is the most rewarding experience they have ever done. Both are completely satisfied and passionate about their jobs, they love helping people and being their support in difficult times. I unfortunately was not able to speak to a nurse during these days to interview that person on their experience in the field, but I am not done exploring these options yet I want to be able to get a couple testimonies on both parties and hope to have answers to my deepest worries.
Taking this time to thoroughly examine each prospective career outlook I can confidently say that with the information I have gathered thus far I am leaning towards a career in psychology rather than nursing. It is hard for me to even say I prefer one over the other since I have such a passion for both and if I feel it possible I would choose to do both. I still have every intention to keep gathering more and more information on each career choice hoping I can make a valid, well thought out, intelligent decision that will be a perfect fit for me and not only benefit me in the long run but also make me happy knowing I love my job and find passion in it every day.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, Psychologists, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos056.htm (visited September 29, 2011).
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, Registered Nurses, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos083.htm (visited September 29, 2011).