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Psychologists

Psychologists research, study and assess emotional, cognitive and behavioural processes and abnormalities in human beings and animals and how these are affected by genetic, physical and social factors.

Tasks

  • Develops and administers tests to measure intelligence, abilities, aptitudes, etc. and assesses results
  • Develops treatment and guidance methods and gives treatment or guidance using a variety of therapy and counselling techniques
  • Observes and experiments on humans and animals to measure mental and physical characteristics
  • Analyses the effect of hereditary, social and physical factors on thought and behaviour
  • Studies psychological factors in the treatment and prevention of mental illness or emotional and personality disorders
  • Maintains required contacts with family members, education or other health professionals, as appropriate, and recommends possible solutions to problems presented
  • Applies professional knowledge and techniques within the workplace, addressing issues such as job design, work groups, motivation etc.
  • Applies psychological treatment methods to help athletes achieve optimum mental health and enhance sporting performance.

Entry Requirements

Entrants require a degree in psychology recognised by the British Psychology Society. Postgraduate and professional qualifications relating to different areas of psychology are available and are required for certain posts.


What could I earn?

Salaries for this occupation tend to start at £39,000 per annum and can progress up to £43,000 per annum.

Is it in growth or decline?

There are currently 4,595 employed Psychologists in the region.

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