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Highest Paying Psychology Careers

 

Ø Industrial-Organizational Psychologist

industrial organizational psychologists work in business positions to help apply their expertise to improving performance in the workplace. These psychologists are concerned with studying workplace behaviors in order to boost productivity and efficiency.

Educational and Training Requirements:
Minimum of a Master’s Degree with a strong preference for a Doctoral Degree
Average years of Education and Training: 6-12 years

Ø Neuropsychologist

Neuropsychologists are mental health professionals that specialize in studying the brain and cognition. Neuropsychologists are vital for cognitive diagnostic testing, brain injury assessments, and medical brain scans. They are also involved in research about how different drugs affect the nervous system, as well as learning more about the mental processes of cognition and learning.

Minimum of a Doctoral Degree
Average years of Education and Training: 8-12 years

Ø School Psychology

School psychologists work closely with other professionals in the education system–teachers, counselors, administrators, and parents–to help children thrive not only emotionally and psychologically, but also academically.

Educational and Training Requirements:
Minimum of a Master’s Degree with a preference for a Doctoral Degree
Average years of Education and Training: 8-12 years

Ø Geropsychologist

Geropsychology is one of the subfields of psychology that is expected to see some of the greatest increase in demand in coming years. Because the BLS does not include Geropsychology as its own profession, we must rely on the growth data for general professions in Psychology. This field offers an excellent choice for psychologists who want to pursue a career that combines multidisciplinary work in a wide range of issues. These may include depression, anxiety, medical conditions, family relationships, retirement, diminished mental capacity, changes in sexuality and poverty and many more. Students who choose a career in Geropsychology have the benefit of a variety of career options and places to work. Professional Geropsychology is an area of psychology that applies the information and techniques of general psychology to understanding and supporting older persons and their families to help them increase overall well-being, overcome obstacles they are facing and achieve their highest potential during the later life of life. Professional geropsychology incorporates the large diversity among older adults, the complicated ethical issues that involve geriatric practice and the need for interdisciplinary models of care. The specialty of professional geropsychology addresses many biopsychosocial problems encountered by older adults and their families, including:

  • Mental disorders such as depression and anxiety
  • Dementia and related behavioral/lifestyle changes
  • Changes in decision-making or everyday living abilities
  • Coping with and managing chronic illness
  • Behavioral health concerns such as insomnia, pain
  • Grief and loss
  • Family caregiving strains
  • Adjustment to aging-related stresses including marital/family conflict, changing roles
  • End-of-life care

Educational and Training Requirements:
Minimum of a Doctoral Degree
Average years of Education and Training: 8-12 years

Ø Clinical Psychologist

Clinical psychologists specialize in the evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental and emotional disorders. Clinical psychologists work one-on-one or in group settings with patients to provide therapeutic techniques as treatment solutions. One of the most popular areas of employment in psychology, clinical psychologists can find employment within hospitals, inpatient or outpatient care centers, private practices, schools, and mental health clinics. In the majority of states, clinical psychologists are required to possess a doctoral degree in clinical psychology, complete a supervised residency, and pass a licensing examination.

Educational and Training Requirements:
Some states allow a minimum of a Master’s Degree while others require a Doctoral Level Degree. Some states also require candidates to complete a 1-2 year residency and pass an examination.
Average years of Education and Training: 8-12 years

Ø Forensic Psychology

Forensic psychologists work within the law enforcement and judicial systems, using their knowledge of psychology to solve crimes and understand criminals. Their work may involve constructing psychological profiles of criminals, investigating cases of domestic and child abuse, testifying in court, sorting out child custody disputes, and training law enforcement officers.

Educational and Training Requirements:
Some Forensic Psychologists posses only a Master’s Degree but most have earned a Doctoral Degree
Average years of Education and Training: 8-12 years

Ø Sports Psychology

Sports psychologists apply their knowledge of psychology to the realms of sports and\

athletics. They work to understand and optimize athletes’ motivation and ability, with the goal of helping athletes improve performance, train more effectively, and recover quickly from injuries. Salaries vary depending on the areas in which they work.

Educational and Training Requirements:
While there are very few graduate level training programs in this area of psychology, most Sports Psychologists will earn a Counseling or Clinical Psychology Degree. While the minimum degree is a Master’s Degree most professionals in this field hold their Doctorate.
Average years of Education and Training: 8-10 years

Sources:

http://www.careerprofiles.info

http://www.online-psychology-degrees.org

http://www.onlinepsychologydegree.info

compiler: Talieh Asadollahi(scientific-educational team, house of psychologists, counselors and supportive occupations)

 

 

 

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