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“Whats on your mind? We can tell you. ”
Study the human mind and human behavior. Psychologists formulate hypotheses and collect data to test their validity.
The Job
Psychologists sometimes gather information through controlled laboratory experiments or by administering personality, performance, aptitude, or intelligence tests. Other methods include observation, interviews, questionnaires, clinical studies, and surveys.
Work Environment
Psychologists' work environments vary by subfield and place of employment. There is the classic office where patients with problems come for analysis, but also there is a great deal of clinical resear
College Majors
Ph.D. or Doctor of Psychology
Minimum Qualifications
A master's or doctoral degree, and a license, are required for most psychologists.
Personality traits helpful for this career
Patience and perseverance are vital qualities, because achieving results in the psychological treatment of patients or in research may take a long time.
Quick Facts
  • About 34 percent of psychologists are self-employed, compared with only 8 percent of all workers.
  • Competition for admission to graduate psychology programs is keen.
  • Overall employment of psychologists is expected to grow faster than average.
  • Job prospects should be the best for people who have a doctoral degree in an applied specialty, such as counseling or health, and those with a specialist or doctoral degree in school psychology.
Compensation and Outlook
Median annual wages of wage and salary clinical, counseling, and school psychologists were $64,140 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $48,700 and $82,800. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $37,900, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $106,840.
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