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Join the forensic psychology field with an online degree

If you’re interested in psychology and the law, forensic psychology might be the right career path for you.

The fields of psychology and law intersect in a number of ways. So, if you’re interested in combining both into a career, forensic psychology may be your best option.

Read on to discover more about this unique field, including the average job growth, career paths, and how you can pursue a degree in forensic psychology online.

What is forensic psychology?

According to the American Psychological Association, forensic psychology is the “application of clinical specialties to the legal arena.”  It seeks to apply the foundational concepts of psychology in the development of effective laws, regulations, and policies in a variety of settings—from prisons to universities.

A forensic psychologist working for a prison may assist in the rehabilitation process of convicted offenders by recommending effective methods or techniques based on research. For example, they may study the issue of solitary confinement, which has been shown to create lasting negative effects on inmates and develop alternative solutions less harmful to mental health.

READ INSIGHT MAGAZINE: Crimes of the Mind: The criminalization of mental health.

Another example could be a forensic psychologist that works with law enforcement, piecing together criminal profiles or testifying as an expert witness during a trial.

What is job growth like for the forensic psychology field?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistic’s Occupational Outlook Handbook, there is an expected 14 percent growth in psychology job prospects between 2016 and 2026. Of course, this is for the psychology field in general, but it includes forensic psychologists.

Additionally, there are a variety of jobs available in the forensic psychology field, making a degree in forensic psychology a flexible fit for your career goals. Some of these careers include work in:

  • Police departments
  • Government agencies
  • Law firms
  • Hospitals
  • Courthouses
  • Prisons
  • Professional Research
  • Consultant firms

Read our post Career Options with a Master’s Degree in Forensic Psychology: Local Government for more information about specific careers you can pursue with a forensic psychology degree,

Why should I pursue a forensic psychology degree online?

Online degree programs offer a perfect balance of flexibility and immersive curriculum. If you need to stay for family reasons, you work a part-time job, or have other commitments preventing you from attending an on-site degree program, an online degree is a wonderful option, and The Chicago School of Professional Psychology offers a variety of forensic psychology programs online to meet your needs.

The M.A. in Forensic Psychology online program can be completed in two years as a full-time student or four years if you choose to attend part-time.

Courses like Trauma and Crisis Intervention teaches students how to prevent crime through risk assessment, treat people with substance abuse issues, get involved in community liaison work, and other skills you’ll need as a forensic psychologist. The online degree prepares you for careers in corrections, law enforcement, and social service agencies.

There is also an online M.A. in Psychology with a Forensic Psychology Concentration. This Master of Arts program takes only one year to complete for full-time students or two years for part-time students. It includes courses on ethics and diagnostic interviewing and provides you the tools you need to work in family service agencies, victim advocacy, consultation with law enforcement, and more.

Looking to obtain a forensic psychology degree online?

If you think an online degree in forensic psychology may be right for you, take the next step and request more information today.

Blake C. Pinto

Blake C. Pinto, a military veteran, joined TCS Education System’s marketing department as the Advertising Copywriter in July 2017. He has previously worked for HLR Media and LC Digital Marketing in Southern California.

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