Nature of Work
Psychologists seek to understand and explain thoughts, emotions, feelings, and behavior. They often gather information and evaluate behavior through controlled laboratory experiments, psychoanalysis, or psychotherapy.
Training, Qualifications and Advancement
Prospective practicing psychologists must have pre- or post-doctoral supervised experience, including an internship. Most clinical, counseling, and research psychologists need a doctoral degree. Graduates with a master’s degree in psychology can work as industrial-organizational psychologists. Most graduates with a bachelor’s degree in psychology find work in other fields such as business administration, sales, or education. Although in most states, practicing psychology or using the title of “psychologist” requires license.
Some psychologists work alone, doing independent research, consulting with clients, or counseling patients. Others work as part of a healthcare team, collaborating with physicians, social workers, and others to treat illness and promote overall wellness. Psychologists in private practice often set their own hours, and many work part time as independent consultants. Most psychologists in clinics, government, industry, or schools work full-time schedules during regular business hours.
Overall employment of psychologists is projected to grow 19 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Greater demand for psychological services in schools, hospitals, mental health centers, and social services agencies should drive employment growth.
In Texas the employment quotient is about 60%. In May of 2015 they employed 620 psychologists.
The median annual wage for psychologists was $72,580 in May 2015.
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