Scope Of Health Psychology In Pakistan: Everything You Need To Know

Written by: Aleena Hussain

In this article, you will know:

  • What is Health Psychology
  • Jobs of  Health Psychology in Pakistan
  • Salary of Health Psychologist in Pakistan
  • Find Out This Field is a Match for You

And much more.

Keep reading.

What Is Health Psychology And What Do Health Psychologists Do?

Health Psychology is the study of healthcare, illness and how different factors affect a person’s health physically and mentally.

Those who study Health Psychology are called health psychologists.

Health psychologists design and conduct programs to help individuals improve their health.

They provide support and guidance relating to stress management, losing weight, smoke reduction, preventing drug and alcohol abuse.

Health psychologists contribute to community health, emotional happiness and physical fitness.

They work towards promoting positive health care behaviors like regular health checks and proper diet and exercise habits.

Coping with pain, eliminating addictive behavior (smoking, drug and alcohol abuse), reducing poor diet or disability management is part of the job of a health psychologist.

These health professionals work in community health facilities, medical schools, private practice, and rehabilitation centers.

Many private and public hospitals, educational institutes, correctional programs, and healthcare firms hire health psychologists.

A health psychologist should have patience and a determined attitude to pay attention to the needs and problems of patients.

An advanced degree with 3 to 4 years of work experience in any renowned agency is important to secure good jobs in this field.

What Are The Required Skills In Health Psychology?

A good health psychologist should be considerate, tactful and empathetic when communicating with patients.

Should pay attention to detail and actively listen to clients.

Assess needs and provide practical solutions to problems.

Have computing skills to digitally plan and organize patient records.

Have a knack for working with numbers when researching and investigating health issues.

Be able to persuade clients for proper therapies.

And do you know 77% of Employers Not Happy with the Quality of Pakistani Graduates

77% of Employers Not Happy with the Quality of Pakistani Graduates

These are the skills that lack in fresh graduates in Pakistan

  • Verbal Communication (83.63%)
  • Positive Attitude (71.93%)
  • Team Working (64.91%)
  • Critical Thinking (59.06%)
  • Self Confidence (59.06%)
  • Written Communication (57.31%)
  • Drive &Resilience (57.31%)
  • Stress Tolerance (47.37%)
  • Adaptability (46.20%)
  • Time Management (45.61%)
  • Self-Awareness (45.03%) and Planning &Organizing (45.03%)
  • Integrity (43.86%)

What Are The Career Prospects Of Health Psychologist?

Public Health Psychologist:

Do research work mostly to design and promote programs that improve public health, for example, smoking prevention schemes.

Community Health Psychologist:

Organize large scale community programs that address, raise awareness and help people regarding health issues like depression, autism ot underage drinking.

Critical Health Psychologist:

Ensures all people have access to healthcare facilities they deserve. Researches and finds solutions to the impact of various factors on health such as finance, poverty, political oppression, and social injustice.

Occupational Health Psychologist:

Works in business settings to help create healthier and happier employees by reconstructing workplace policies or counseling individual employees.

Clinical Health Psychologist:

Studies the gap between physical and mental health and treats people suffering from health issues emotionally.  Focuses on how an individual’s lifestyle and behavior affects overall health.

What Are The Important Points To Be A Health Psychologist?

Interests:

  • Social work
  • Helping people
  • Biology and Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Nutrition Study
  • Sociology
  • Behavioral studies
  • Statistics
  • Healthcare settings

Academic Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Psychology.
  • Master’s degree in Health Psychology with good training in biological and statistical models.
  • Diplomas in Social Psychology, Anatomy, Physiology and Psychopharmacology is very useful in this field.

Work Form:

  • About 35 to 40 hours a week.
  • Extra or irregular hours are logged in to suit the client’s needs.
  • Occasional traveling to conferences or to visit patients.

Work Place:

 Office work in a university or healthcare facilities like hospitals or clinics.

Obstacles:

  •  It becomes challenging at times when dealing with distressed and difficult clients.

What Is The Trend Of Health Psychologist In Pakistan?

Google has created an amazing tool called Google Trend that shows the searches being done by the people living in the country or city.

I am searching do people search Health Psychology in Pakistan? If so, which province or city.

Here you can see it all.

You can find Health Psychology jobs in Pakistan from

Here is the sector-wise salary in Pakistan, data taken from LUMS Prospectus that is a prestigious university in Pakistan.

  • Health Care (Rs. 100,000 per month)
  • FMCG (Rs. 85,571 per month)
  • Home Appliances (Rs. 75,000 per month)
  • Engineering (Rs. 75,000 per month)
  • Group/Conglomerate (Rs. 71,676 per month)
  • IT/Technology (Rs. 61,676 per month)
  • Textile (Rs. 55,000 per month)
  • Transport (Rs. 55,000 per month)
  • Banking/Financial (Rs. 52,042 per month)
  • Consulting (Rs. 52,042 per month)
  • Manufacturing (Rs. 50,000 per month)
  • Packaging (Rs. 50,000 per month)

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