Psychologists provide counseling and therapy to those suffering from emotional, learning or behavioral problems. They study behavior to understand, compare and explain
people’s actions. Psychologists may work in a variety of settings, including schools,
clinics, hospitals or private practice.
• diagnose and treat psychological problems.
• collect data through interviews, case histories and observation.
• develop, select, administer and interpret psychological tests, surveys
• counsel individuals and groups.
• confer with parents, teachers, counselors, administrators and others.
• follow-up to determine the effectiveness of treatment.
• conduct research.
• develop and evaluate mental health programs.
• consult with social, educational, medical or other agencies.
• write for professional and trade journals or other media.
• teach in colleges and universities.
Psychologists may specialize in teaching, research, therapy, counseling, rehabilitation,
community health, physiology and psycho-pharmacology. They may choose to concentrate their work on a specific age group or psychological problem.
• Clinical psychologists evaluate, diagnose and treat mentally and emotionally disturbed people and are concerned with preventing mental and emotional disorders.
• Educational psychologists design, develop and evaluate techniques and materials
to solve problems in education/training programs. School psychologists work with
average, gifted and physically or mentally challenged students.
• Psychometrists or quantitative psychologists develop and implement intelligence,
aptitude, achievement and other tests and analyze results.
• Developmental psychologists investigate emotional, mental, physical and social
growth and development.
• Social psychologists study human relationships to understand individual and group
thought, feeling and behavior.
• Experimental psychologists plan, conduct and analyze experiments in human and
animal learning, thinking, motivation and perception.
• Industrial-organizational psychologists develop and apply psychological techniques
to personnel administration, management and marketing problems.
$45,000 – $60,000
Students interested in becoming psychologists should prepare by taking challenging
high school courses in science, math and
English, including advanced placement
Licensed psychologists must have a doctorate in psychology from an accredited
university with training in the area(s) of
intended practice. Those who want to
specialize in clinical services also must
complete two years of supervised post-doctoral experience and one year of internship
(or two years of part-time experience).
Applicants must pass two written examinations as required by the certifying board.
School psychologists must hold at least a
American Psychological Association
Society of Clinical Psychology
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Academy of Clinical Psychology
P.O. Box 1082
Niwot, CO 80544-1082