Psychologists study cognitive, emotional, and social processes and behavior by observing, interpreting, and recording how people relate to one another and their environments.
Some psychologists work independently, conducting research, consulting with clients, or working with patients. Others work as part of a healthcare team, collaborating with physicians and social workers or in school settings, working with students, teachers, parents, and other educators.
How to Become a Psychologist
Although psychologists typically need a doctoral degree in psychology, a master’s degree is sufficient for some positions. Psychologists in independent practice also need a license.
Pay - Job Outlook The median annual wage for psychologists was $72,580 in May 2015. Employment of psychologists is projected to grow 19 percent by 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.