Careers in the Licensed Professions

Psychologist

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Psychologists research all forms of human behavior, cognition, and emotion, using methods of observation and evaluation to interpret and modify behavior. Examples of services:

  • diagnose and treat mental, nervous, emotional, and behavioral disorders, disabilities, and illnesses
  • provide market research, personnel selection, and workforce management services to organizations
  • research, evaluate, and treat addictions
  • administer and interpret tests of mental abilities, interests, personality, and emotions to develop treatment plans
  • establish rehabilitation programs for neuropsychological disorders
  • work with educators to address factors that influence learning


Education

Doctoral degree from a Department-registered psychology licensure program, or the substantial equivalent

Experience

Two years (3,500 clock hours) of full-time supervised experience in the practice of psychology

Examination

A nationally approved licensure examination in psychology




Visit the Office of the Professions for a listing of all options and requirements.


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Salary and Projected Growth

  • Median salary: variable based on position type
  • Salary range: $85,000 to $102,898 for Psychologists with a PhD (APA, 2015)
  • Projected growth: faster than average

Where Could I Work?

  • Individual and group practices
  • Hospitals, clinics, schools, and other health care settings
  • Government, military, private organizations, and industry

Your Interests and Abilities

  • Analysis and modification of human behaviors
  • Research and statistics
  • Curiosity, open-mindedness, and patience

Professional Skills

  • Trust and integrity
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Compassion
  • Empathy

What Interests You?

Match your interests and personality to career options! Explore a free career tool at mynextmove.org/explore/ip

Tip: try searching for mentoring programs—talk to a psychologist about what they do and how they got started!

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Last Updated: March 6, 2019