Psychologists are members of a broad field that specializes in studying individual and group behavior and cognition mental health and mental problems. Psychologists can specialize in many areas including but not limited to clinical psychology school psychology counseling psychology neuropsychology health psychology forensic psychology industrial-organizational psychology social psychology developmental psychology and animal psychology. Some psychologists conduct research on basic psychological principles whereas others work with individuals groups or even animals applying what is known about behavior cognition and mental health. Psychologists can work in many different settings. Some are on the faculty of colleges and universities where they teach and advise students and conduct research. Some work for the federal or state government. Yet others work in schools medical settings counseling centers and mental health clinics. Some open their open private or group practice. The website httppsychologyjobdescription.com says that psychologists working in applied areas are required to show evidence of graduation from an accredited program and pass an exam so they can be licensed by their State. Psychologist working in schools or teaching at community colleges often have master’s degrees but a doctoral degree is the norm for most jobs. A doctoral degree in a clinical area which includes a year of internship can take from five to seven years. A doctoral degree in research psychology does not require an internship and can usually be completed in five years. Jobs are most plentiful for psychologists with a doctoral degree in clinical or applied areas. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the median annual salary for psychologists is approximately $60000. However the range of pay varies considerably depending on experience specialty and type of employment.
|Education Required:||Master's Degree|
|Tasks:||Helps clients cope with mental or emotional problems.
Works with students in schools to help improve learning environments.
Studies human behavior.
Conducts clinical research.
|Also Called:||Clinical Psychologist