The psychological health of service members is just as important as physical fitness because combat significantly affects the mental and emotional well being. Research psychologists strive to keep service members physically and mentally fit for combat by researching, testing and developing products and exercises to mentally prepare officers and enlisted members.
Educational Requirements for Navy Research Psychologists
The Navy and National Guard requires that research psychologists hold doctorate degrees in psychology with concentration in personnel, engineering, social, experimental, neuroscience, human factors, physiological or cognitive areas. Without a degree, applications with a status of “all but dissertation” may work for the Navy but must complete their program of study within a three year period or risk separation from the Navy. In addition to these educational requirements, research psychologists must also comply with basic Navy medical employment requirements.
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Civilian Career Opportunities for Navy Retirees
Though Navy research psychologists may continue to work for the Navy until retirement age, they may also seek early retirement to civilian careers. Retirees need not change career fields at all, research psychologists in the civilian community may work for the government, universities or even private corporations to study how humans act, feel, learn and think.
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