Psychologist

Quick Facts: Psychologists
2012 Median Pay $69,280 per year
$33.31 per hour
Entry-Level Education See How to Become One
Work Experience in a Related Occupation None
On-the-job Training Internship/residency
Number of Jobs, 2012 160,200
Job Outlook, 2012-22 12% (As fast as average)
Employment Change, 2012-22 18,700

What Psychologists Do

Psychologists study cognitive, emotional, and social processes and human behavior by observing, interpreting, and recording how people relate to one another and their environments.

Work Environment

Some psychologists work independently, conducting research or working with patients. Others work as part of a healthcare team, collaborating with physicians and social workers or in school settings, working with students, teachers, parents, and other educators. Those in private practice often work evenings and weekends to accommodate clients.

How to Become a Psychologist

Although psychologists typically need a doctoral degree or specialist degree in psychology, a master’s degree is sufficient for some positions. Practicing psychologists also need a license or certification.

Pay

The median annual wage for psychologists was $69,280 in May 2012.

Job Outlook

Employment of psychologists is projected to grow 12 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Job prospects should be best for those who have a doctoral degree in an applied specialty and those with a specialist or doctoral degree in school psychology.