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Subject: Re: Career Info Please


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Date Posted: 21:29:11 03/05/03 Wed
In reply to: CiMiK the Anarcist 's message, "Career Info Please" on 15:25:09 03/02/03 Sun

The truth is, as of now anyway, paranormal psychology is not a field that you can make much of a living off of, unless you write books about it. In the seventies, society was fascinated with the supernatural, and universities like Duke actually began offering degrees in parapsychology. In the 80s though, due largely to government cutbacks and movies like "Ghostbusters", the funding dried up. Even Duke stopped offering degrees in the subject, and moved their research into a small building known as the Rhein Research Center, which conducts experiments primarily in ESP (Extra-Sensory Perception). With this lack of funding, the goal of proving the existence of ghosts fell by the wayside. Most
people claiming to be parapsychologists have either bestowed the title upon themselves with nothing to back it up, or got their degree through a mail-order program with no real accreditation.
In the last few years, there has been a resurgence in society's fascination with the paranormal. I hear that even Penn State has begun to offer real college courses on the subject of the paranormal. This is good news for all of us.
We at the Paranormal Research Society of North America (PRSNA) investigate on a volunteer basis only. We do not charge for investigations, so every expense comes out of our own pockets. That's why we have day jobs. Our hours are mostly late at night on weekends, not because there is more activity at night, but because we can only use our infrared equipment in the dark.
The advantages to this job are that it is sometimes very exciting, and we get to do what we love. The disadvantages are that half of society thinks we are total lunatics, and the travel and equipment are very expensive. This also takes up a lot of time...about 5 to 20 hours per week to stay active and keep the website updated. You really don't need any training. Everything you need to know can be learned by doing research on the internet. I hope this answers your questions.

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