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Biopsychologist

Overview: Biopsychologists study the scientific relationship between the brain and behavior. The field is an interdisciplinary field which investigates the understanding of behavior from a combined psychological and biological perspective. Biopsychologists are trained to teach, do laboratory and field research with humans and animals and apply biobehavioral knowledge to problems in a variety of settings. Most positions require a doctorate degree.
Duties: Biopsychologists attempt to understand the relationship between the brain and nervous system and their relationship to behavior.

Biopsychologists are distinguished from other psychologists because they study the entire range of psychological phenomena but always from a biological perspective. The field is an interdisciplinary field which emphasizes the analysis of behavior from psychological, pharmochological, neurophysiological, endocrinological, immunological, developmental and ecological perspectives.

Biopsychologists are trained to conduct basic laboratory and field research and teach in the fields of animal and human behavior as well as in the application of biobehavioral knowledge to a variety of problems in industrial, business, institutional, health and environmental settings.

Within the field of biopsychology are specific areas of interest such as neuropsychopharmochology that involves the study of the effects of drugs on the mind, brain and behavior with application to mental illness, and drug and alcohol abuse. Psychophysiology examines how mental characteristics affect the body, how people experience information from their bodies, what changes happen when people experience emotions such as stress and utilize biofeedback as one method of self-regulation of stress-related health problems.

Evolutionary psychology is the study of how evolution shapes the psychological processes; comparative psychology studies animal behavior by comparing findings among different species.

Degree(s): A.S./B.S. QCC/York Dual/Joint Biotechnology 
Job Outlook: Employment of biopsychologists is expected to grow as fast as average through 2018.
Salary Range (National Average): $40,000 to $50,000
Growth: Growth
Education Level: Candidates for this occupation generally have completed their Bachelor’s Degree and have continued their education either 1 or 2 years longer.
Additional Training/Education: A career in biopsychology can require up to 10 years of formal education beyond high school. Although a masters degree is a minimum requirement, a doctoral degree (Ph.D.) is usually required for most employment in this field. Graduate schools tend to look favorably on undergraduate degrees in psychology. Other good majors are biological, physical and social sciences, statistics and mathematics.
Recommended Skills:
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Analyzing requirements for a new product or service and creating a design to satisfy those needs.
  • Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Using mathematics and/or statistics to solve problems.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Using scientific methods to investigate and conduct experiments.
  • Being aware of the reactions of others, and understanding why they react the way they do.
  • Teaching others how to do something.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Having a level of income that will afford you with luxuries, and which will allow you to become financially independent.
  • Being able to decide on how to get something done without significant direction from someone else.
  • Doing something to contribute to the betterment of the world. Doing something for the greater good.
  • Create new ideas, programs, things, or anything else not previously developed by another person.
  • Gaining the respect of others by the nature and/or level of responsibility of your work.
 

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.