Occupation | Weston College

Psychologist

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.

Typical Education Level

Level 4-6

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.

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 8% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers

*This is based on national data

£40,541

Average annual earnings

The current average wage for psychologist is £40,541

883 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 883. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.

71 jobs

Job Postings

Over the past year, 71 jobs have been posted for psychologist roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £40,541 per year. That is about £3,378 per month or £20.79 per hour. New workers generally start on £24,785, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £77,805

Is it growing or declining?

This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 883 people are employed in the region.

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