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      Education and Career Paths for the Lucid Dreamer

      I've seen this same question brought up many times on our forum and felt it would be beneficial to have a thread specifically for the discussion of possible future careers or jobs having to do with sleep, dreams, and lucid dreaming. This is by no means a complete list, but each career I've listed below is here for a reason. I compiled this list from biographies of people who are all currently doing work directly related to lucid dreaming.

      If you're mostly interested in the type of work done by Stephen LaBerge, then you would probably want to get your undergraduate degree in Psychology, and then work toward a Ph.D in Psychophysiology or other related field. As you prepare to go to graduate school, you would need to find where professors are doing research in your area of interest. You can determine that by looking at the authors of research papers on lucid dreaming, and seeing what colleges or universities they are at. With a strong academic history, you can apply to graduate school, and hopefully a professor in your area of interest will agree to be your adviser or major professor.


      Careers in Science

      Sleep Technologist
      Trained in Sleep Technology and relevant aspects of Sleep Medicine, sleep technologists assist in the evaluation and follow-up care of patients with sleep disorders. Sleep Technology is recognized as a separate and distinct allied health profession. The scope of practice of sleep technologists enables them to work in sleep centers, laboratories for sleep related breathing disorders, home environments, and non-facility-based settings under the direction of the sleep specialist.
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      Psychophysiologist
      Psychophysiology is the scientific discipline devoted to the study of the interrelationships between the physiological and psychological aspects of behavior (SPR). Being truly interdisciplinary, it incorporates researchers from a large number of disciplines like psychology, medicine, engineering, anatomy and neuroscience.
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      Neuropsychologist
      Neuropsychology studies the structure and function of the brain related to specific psychological processes and behaviors. It is scientific in its approach and shares an information processing view of the mind with cognitive psychology and cognitive science. In practice neuropsychologists tend to work in clinical settings (involved in assessing or treating patients with neuropsychological problems, forensic settings or industry.
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      Biochemist
      Biochemists are scientists who are trained in biochemistry. Typical biochemists study chemical processes and chemical transformations in living organisms.
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      Clinical Psychologist
      Clinical Psychology is an integration of science, theory and clinical knowledge for the purpose of understanding, preventing, and relieving psychologically based distress or dysfunction and to promote subjective well-being and personal development. Central to its practice are psychological assessment and psychotherapy, although clinical psychologists also engage in research, teaching, consultation, forensic testimony, and program development and administration.

      Cognitive Psychologist
      Cognitive Psychology is a subdiscipline of psychology exploring internal mental processes. It is the study of how people perceive, remember, think, speak, and solve problems.

      Experimental Psychologist
      is a methodological approach rather than a subject and encompasses varied fields within psychology. Experimental psychologists have traditionally conducted research, published articles, and taught classes on neuroscience, developmental psychology, sensation, perception, attention, consciousness, learning, memory, thinking, and language. Recently, however, the experimental approach has extended to motivation, emotion, and social psychology. Experimental psychologists conduct research with the help of experimental methods. The concern of experimental psychology is discovering the processes underlying behavior and cognition.

      Hypnotherapist
      A hypnotherapist is a therapist who utilizes hypnosis as a primary tool for assisting clients to achieve their goals. A hypnotherapist often differs from other therapists because they focus on the role of subconscious behaviors and influences on the client's life.

      Parapsychologist
      Parapsychology is a discipline that seeks to investigate the existence and causes and conditions of psychic abilities, near-death experiences, out-of-the-body experiences, apparitions, reincarnation memories, regression memories, prophecy, astrology, ghosts and life after death. Parapsychological experiments have included the use of random number generators to test for evidence of precognition and psychokinesis with both human and animal subjects and Ganzfeld experiments to test for extrasensory perception. Parapsychological laboratory and field research is conducted through private institutions and several universities. Privately-funded units in psychology departments at universities in the United Kingdom are among the most active today.

      Research Scientist

      College Professor



      Careers in Metaphysics and Spirituality
      There are plenty of career paths for the lucid dreamer in the field of metaphysical sciences if that's more your thing. The University of Metaphysical Sciences is just one such online university offering a variety of bachelors, masters, and doctorate degree programs in metaphysics, divinity, counseling, etc.

      Metaphysician
      With a degree in metaphysics from University of Metaphysical Sciences you can become a Metaphysician. A Metaphysician helps people learn how to change their reality by working with the underlying thoughts and emotions that cause the problems and create manifestations of suffering. This is a different kind of doctor, one who works with the energy that creates disease and illness, rather than treating the resulting symptoms in the physical body or reality. It is most important to reach deeper into the roots of the problems, the etheric layers where it all starts in pre-matter. By changing the inner landscape, the outer landscape, as pertains to the universal laws of nature, must change with it.

      Spiritual Counselor

      Holistic Life Coach

      Doctor of Divinity



      Creative Careers
      Keep in mind, that being a lucid dreamer can give you a leg up and have a positive effect on just about any job. For example, many well known artists, musicians, authors, directors, etc. have drawn inspiration directly from their dreams.

      Artist

      Musician

      Author

      Director
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      isn"t it hard to get a job in the psychology field tho? i mean because its so popular
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      I didn't know it was popular, I thought mostly dreamers and a few others were into that.
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      Quote Originally Posted by WLLPEREGOY View Post
      isn"t it hard to get a job in the psychology field tho? i mean because its so popular
      Is it? I wouldn't really know. It is popular but there are lots of jobs in the field, especially research and teaching. Plus there are so many directions you could go in to get your doctorate. Just a degree in psych won't get you very far.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Aquanina View Post
      Is it? I wouldn't really know. It is popular but there are lots of jobs in the field, especially research and teaching. Plus there are so many directions you could go in to get your doctorate. Just a degree in psych won't get you very far.
      Tis true, just having a bachelor's in psych won't get you far. The best way to go is indeed getting your doctorate, or going to med school to become a psychiatrist. I'm a psychology major, and I plan on getting my doctorate after I finish up my undergrad work. Hopefully will be able to open up my own practice one day, either as a counselor or some sort of sleep therapist...maybe both!
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      In respiratory school, I did a few rotations in the sleep lab. I had some interest in the field, thanks to my own personal sleep bizarre-ness. The experience did not match up to the idea for me (Veeeeeery boring, and I naturally lean a little more adrenaline-addicted), but it is an avenue one can take. When I graduated, just a CoARC graduation and some Poly experience was enough to qualify for a RPSGT.

      I think they're becoming a bit more specialized, these days, and the trend is more toward stand-alone PSG programs.
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      Thanks Aquanina. I have plenty of time to think of this but i like the info.

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      buy dreamviews, that would be a cool job
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      kinda dumb question but does anyone make any money off of DV or is it just a site some person created, and i don't know too much about DV so cut me some slack


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      I think dreamviews makes money from the adds that get put up, this site get's a lot of visitors so advertising here would be quite expensive
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      but does anyone actually own it?


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      Thanks so much for the list!
      I'm currently a freshmen in college and don't know what I want to get into and I've been getting more and more interested in dreams lately and would like to maybe pursue a career in dream studies.

      Sadly that all seems very complex and hard to do...
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      Quote Originally Posted by MasterNILE View Post
      Thanks so much for the list!
      I'm currently a freshmen in college and don't know what I want to get into and I've been getting more and more interested in dreams lately and would like to maybe pursue a career in dream studies.

      Sadly that all seems very complex and hard to do...
      i'm a freshman too but i think i'm going to be a neurologist i mean i can always do dream research on my own time


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      Neurology/Neuroscience would be a great thing to get into to pursue dream research. Go for it!
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      thanks!!! i really like learning about the brain and dreams are my favortie thing about it, i hope i can get in something related to dreams!!


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      Owning DV sounds good too. It's a lot of responsibility because you have to host the servers, think of new ideas, install updates, and bear the criticism of the site, but you do get paid for very little work. The major problem, however, is that you need a significant amount of capital to begin with. If I had over $30,000 in pocket change I would buy the site...

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      Quote Originally Posted by GMoney View Post
      Owning DV sounds good too. It's a lot of responsibility because you have to host the servers, think of new ideas, install updates, and bear the criticism of the site, but you do get paid for very little work. The major problem, however, is that you need a significant amount of capital to begin with. If I had over $30,000 in pocket change I would buy the site...
      i think the site is worth alot more now, something around 80,000 i am guessing
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      Quote Originally Posted by AustralianFire View Post
      i think the site is worth alot more now, something around 80,000 i am guessing
      Really!? Wow, Alex has really improved it! asher's "Buy it now" was $25,000 and that was only a little more than a year ago. It's incredible that the site has gotten that much better so quickly!

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      I'm assuming the majority of these jobs require a college degree and even a doctorate? This coming from an American point of view.
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      Quote Originally Posted by AustralianFire View Post
      i think the site is worth alot more now, something around 80,000 i am guessing
      Where are you getting that estimate?

      GMoney...don't be so credulous all the time.

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      Quote Originally Posted by KristaNicole07 View Post
      Tis true, just having a bachelor's in psych won't get you far. The best way to go is indeed getting your doctorate, or going to med school to become a psychiatrist. I'm a psychology major, and I plan on getting my doctorate after I finish up my undergrad work. Hopefully will be able to open up my own practice one day, either as a counselor or some sort of sleep therapist...maybe both!
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      Quote Originally Posted by Aquanina View Post
      GMoney...don't be so credulous all the time.
      I'm credulous? Because I believe someone said that the site is worth $80,000? Perhaps I should've checked it up with facts first, but that's just one instance. I'm actually quite rational and skeptical. You're the last person I'd expect to call me this, since I don't believe in the "Beyond Dreaming" stuff or anything like that.

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      Quote Originally Posted by AustralianFire View Post
      Alex owns it <yes im been serious
      I'm pretty sure he works for a company that owns the site. But he is in charge of it. Icedawg made the site and then Asher. After that itnwas alex

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      Quote Originally Posted by GMoney View Post
      I'm credulous? Because I believe someone said that the site is worth $80,000? Perhaps I should've checked it up with facts first, but that's just one instance. I'm actually quite rational and skeptical. You're the last person I'd expect to call me this, since I don't believe in the "Beyond Dreaming" stuff or anything like that.
      lol...relax...I was just teasing you
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