Aerospace experimental psychologists provide therapy sessions to extensively prepare Navy pilots for performance under intense pressure in extreme conditions. This type of psychologist must help the pilots to develop emotional and mental clarity to concentrate fully during flight. Aerospace experimental psychologists will also evaluate and test new aviation systems for human factors, human performance enhancement, safety, personnel selection, safety and training.
US Navy Training Qualifications
Aerospace experimental psychologists have to meet the basic requirements for other active duty Navy personnel for the Medical Service Corps in addition to more specific training qualifications. Educational training requirements for this position are strict, requiring that candidates have a doctorate degree in psychology with an emphasis on one of the following subjects: human factors, organizational factors, cognitive factors, experimental factors or industrial factors. A Ph.D. is also ideal in neuroscience, human sciences, behavioral sciences or industrial engineering.
Putting the Skills, Training and Experience to Use after the Navy
After service to the US Navy, Navy Reserves or National Guard, many retiring aerospace experimental psychologists may seek to return to civilian careers. The doctorate degree will help Military retirees easily discover civilian career opportunities in related fields. The specific degree will clarify any possible career choice. A degree in human behavior sciences or human psychology may help retirees to achieve post-Navy careers as simply psychologists.
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