Psychologists study human behavior. Research psychologists work in places such as hospitals where they can perform scientific research. School psychologists work in schools to help children with social or emotional behavior problems. Psychologists may counsel people to help them understand their behavior.

Working Conditions


Salaries range from around $28,000 to over $88,000 a year. Most earn between $36,000 and $70,000.

Helpful Skills and Subjects to Study

Excellent communication skills are important for this career. For those working directly with patients it is important to be emotionally stable and compassionate. Courses to take in school are English, mathematics, statistics, biology, sociology, and social studies

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Education & Training

A master's or doctorate degree is needed for this career. Some positions also require internships and licensing.

Job Outlook

Opportunities should be available for qualified individuals, especially those with doctorate degrees.

Sources for Additional Information

American Psychological Association
Research Office and Education
Psychology and Accreditation Offices
750 1st St. NE
Washington, DC 20002

National Assn. of School Psychologists
4030 East West Hwy., Suite 402
Bethesda, MD 20814