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Psychologists

Psychologists
Quick Facts : Psychologists*
2010 Median Pay$68,640
Entry Level Education
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 2012174,000
Job Outlook22% (Faster than average)
Employment Change37,700


Psychologists study mental processes and human behavior by observing, interpreting, and recording how people and other animals relate to one another and the environment. Depending on the topic of study, psychologists use techniques such as observation, assessment, and experimentation to develop theories about the beliefs and feelings that influence a person?s actions.

What Psychologists Do

  • Conduct scientific studies to study behavior and brain function
  • Collect information through observations, interviews, surveys, tests, and other methods
  • Develop programs that improve schools and workplaces by addressing psychological issues
  • Work with individuals, couples, and families to help them make desired changes to behaviors
  • Collaborate with physicians or social workers to help treat patients

Work Environment

Some psychologists work independently, doing research or working only with patients or clients. Others work as part of a healthcare team, collaborating with physicians, social workers, and others to treat illness and promote overall wellness. Those in private practice have their own offices and set their own schedules, often working evenings and weekends.
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Job Outlook

Overall employment of psychologists is expected to grow 22 percent from 2010 to 2020, but will vary by specialty.
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Pay

The average salary of psychologists was in May 2010 $68,640.
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Psychologists*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Psychologists

68640

Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations

59516.2857

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Psychologists*
Percent Change in Employment

Psychologists

21.6667

Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations

13.36232967887606

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Psychologists

Psychologists need a master's, specialist, or doctoral degree in psychology. Practicing psychologists also need a license or certification.
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