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Psychologists help people to understand and modify their behavior for a wide range of reasons. For example, they may work with athletes who want to overcome psychological barriers to success; people with substance abuse problems who want to end their addictive behavior; or managers who want to develop a more productive workforce. Psychologists may work with patients in one-to-one situations or in groups. Some psychologists also specialize in working with organizations such as businesses or government to improve understanding group behavior and facilitate positive changes in that behavior.

Job Duties for Psychologists

Psychologists' responsibilities include:

  • Using a variety of methods to study and record human behavior
  • Analyzing and interpreting human behavior to develop theories about human behavior
  • Identifying patterns in human behavior to diagnose psychological disorders such as depression or schizophrenia
  • Working with individuals or groups to help them gain a better insight into their behavior and to develop strategies for overcoming patterns of behavior that are detrimental to their well-being
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Psychologists can specialize in a number of areas, including forensic psychology, clinical psychology, counseling, or industrial-organizational psychology. Additionally, psychologists may specialize in a particular area of psychology such as grief or addition or a patient population such as children or military veterans.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), a little over a third of psychologists are self-employed, working as independent consultants and private practitioners.

Education and Training Requirements for Psychologists

For most psychology occupations, you need to complete a two-year master's or five-year doctoral degree and hold a license. A bachelor's degree in psychology can qualify you for some psychology and psychologists' assistant positions, and for entry-level positions in the federal government.

Online psychology schools can provide a flexible and convenient way to earn the credentials you need to begin or advance your psychology career. The rewards are good. According to the BLS, the following were mean annual earnings for popular psychology specialities in 2009:

  • Clinical, counseling, and school psychologists: $72,310
  • Industrial-organizational psychologists: $102,570
  • Psychologists, all other: $84,220

Learn more about online psychology schools to find out how you could boost your psychology career in a learning format that fits easily around your other life commitments.

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