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Psychologist Overview

 

Psychology studies the mind and behavior, embracing all aspects of the human experience. Its studies encompass everything from the functioning of the brain to the actions of nations, from the developmental stages of a child to care for the elderly.

Understanding behavior is the purview of Psychologists, whether they are working in scientific research centers or mental health care service positions.

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Responsibilities

 

While a psychologist will traditionally treat patients with mental or emotional issues, they may also serve as research scientists in the phenomenon of human and non-human behavior.

Psychologists study how humans relate to each other and to the environment around them, including human relations to machines, and how these relationships are improved.

Psychologists concentrate on behaviors that affect the mental health and emotional well-being, as well as mental functioning, of healthy human beings.

When doing research, psychologists follow the scientific method, using careful observation, controlled experimentation and precise analysis.

Their theories of human behavior are tested through their research. As new information is gleaned, psychologists’ findings are incorporated into the body of knowledge that active practitioners call upon in their clinical work with patients and clients.

The field of psychology is tremendously varied. Psychologists perform both basic and applied research, and serve as consultants to communities and organizations.

They diagnose and treat patients with mental or emotional issues, test intelligence and personality traits. Some Psychologists choose to teach future psychologists and other students.

Psychologists are excellent resources for information needed to understand different cultures in an increasingly diverse population.

A psychologist has many avenues open to him or her when it comes to deciding on a setting in which to practice. Some of the different career options available within the profession include:

  • Working with business executives, athletes and performers to improve performance and relieve stress.

  • Advising lawyers on jury selection

  • Collaborating with educators to design school reforms

  • Grief and trauma counseling, such as working with victims after a traumatic event such as a plane crash or a school shooting

  • Working with law enforcement to analyze the causes of certain events

  • Collaborating with public health officials to devise plans for coping with and preventing reoccurrence of disastrous events

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Skills

 

Since psychologists encounter a wide range of people with a variety of problems, they must have a long list of skills that allows them to interact with people effectively and treat emotional and psychological issues. Along with professional skills, psychologists need interpersonal skills, and to be ethical and stable people.

Their skills include, but are not limited to, the following:

Communication

Must effectively communicate with your co-workers to ensure the best care and the proper procedures. Must be able to communicate in high-stress environments.

Empathy

Must be very compassionate and able to empathize with a patient's pain and other difficulties. They are able to make people feel comfortable and meet them at their emotional level to humanize themselves and let people know they care.

Emotional Stability

Must be emotionally stable so they can help others who are not. Must be a solid foundation and be able to handle stress and separate personal emotion so as to stay objective and be effective in treatment.

Ethics

Psychologists must have a solid ethical code and keep sessions with patients confidential as they can greatly affect people's lives. Must know that there could be consequences for error.

Interpersonal

Must be able to work well with people and meet with them on an emotional level and interact with them effectively.

Open-Mindedness

Psychologists interact with a range of people from all walks of life, therefore they must be open-minded and tolerant of different cultures and circumstances. Since they are in a research field, they must be open to new studies and findings as to adapt with changing times.

Trustworthiness

People have to trust their psychologist. The job is all about inspiring patients to confide in you and trust you with their problems. If you aren't trustworthy, you will never make it as a Psychologist.

Patience

Psychologists need to be very patient due to long sessions with patients and the research needed to become a better professional. They must understand it takes time to see results and be willing to put in that time.

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Working Conditions

 

Independent practice is the preferred employment setting for many Psychologists. They may also work in collaboration with these professionals:

  • Physicians

  • Scientists

  • Lawyers

  • Computer experts

  • School personnel

  • Engineers

  • Policymakers

  • Managers

Psychologists commonly work in the following environments:

  • Hospitals

  • Laboratories

  • Courtrooms

  • Public and private schools

  • Colleges and universities

  • Community health centers

  • Assisted living facilities

  • Prisons

  • Corporate offices

Most psychologists profess to be very satisfied with their work, citing the variety in daily tasks and the flexibility of their schedules as major pluses in favor of the profession.

Their interest is fascinated by the exciting changes happening in the field, from adapting technology to work in conjunction with humans to psychologists working as part of a primary health care team.

Psychologists are working to find answers to research questions in such areas as perception, prevention and learning, helping educators train the next generations through the use of new technology and knowledge. 

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Salary Outlook

Title Company Location Posted
08.23.2019
This position will be a generalist psychologist (PhD) with interest, training and /or experience integrating behavioral health services into the primary care/specialty care setting. This position will be placed in the Endocrinology and Diabetes...
08.23.2019
The Outpatient Psychologist position will involve 50% Individual/Group Psychotherapy and 50% Psychological Assessment. Conducts psychological evaluations of outpatient and inpatient clients in response to referrals from hospital staff and outside...
07.29.2019
Carilion Clinic has a full time Clinical Psychologist opportunity available. Must have licensure as a clinical psychologist in Virginia. Psychologist should demonstrate expertise in play therapy and family therapy and possess a level of...
08.23.2019
This position is designated Mandatory and must report or stay over during adverse weather events. Under the supervision of a Senior Psychologist this position coordinates a range of assessment and treatment services to about 25 residents in a...
08.23.2019
Continuous Recruitment Cherry Hospital is recruiting for permanent full-time Psychologist positions. Our 24 hour in-patient facility serves adolescent, adult and geriatric patients. The position provides direct service to patients through...
04.29.2019
MHP Psychology is an outpatient mental health office serving children (ages 3+) through adults, with opportunities for individual therapy and play therapy as well as psychological testing. Specific psychological tests used include IQ/educational...
08.23.2019
The incumbent serves as a Geriatric Psychologist for the interdisciplinary Behavioral Recovery Outreach (BRO) team. The Psychologist provides a full range of psycho-diagnostic assessments, intervention and consultative services to Geriatric...
08.23.2019
The Edmund N. Ervin Pediatric Center team at MaineGeneral Medical Center is seeking a full-time, doctoral level Child Psychologist to join our innovative, inter-disciplinary team. Job Details and Requirements: Doctoral level training and...
07.03.2019
Family Practice-Without OB opening in Waco, Texas. This and other physician jobs brought to you by DocCafe.com Baylor Scott and White Healthcare Central Texas Regional Clinic System is seeking a Psy.D or Ph.D. licensed psychologist to work...
08.23.2019
Medical Psychologist Be Inspired! Located in the Richmond, VA area, Sheltering Arms Physical Rehabilitation Centers help individuals find The Power to Overcome strokes, injuries and other setbacks. We use evidence-based clinical practice...
08.23.2019
Senior Psychologist Broughton Hospital is currently accepting applications for a Senior Psychologist. The Senior Psychologist provides a full array of psychological services including but not limited to individual and group psychotherapy,...
08.23.2019
Staff Psychologist Broughton Hospital is currently accepting applications for a Staff Psychologist. The primary responsibility of this position is to provide a full array of psychological services to adult inpatients with severe and persistent...
08.23.2019
Conducts diagnostic interviews and administers and interprets psychometric tests, makes recommendations based on combination of test results and interview. Provides psycho-social evaluation and therapy to psychiatric patients and their families.
07.08.2019
Provides clinical therapy services to adult oncology patients and their families. The mental health professional understands the unique ongoing psychosocial impact of cancer on patients and families emotional and financial stability,...
08.05.2019
Clinical Psychologist - Bariatric Clinic Schedule: Variable Depending on Availability, typically 2 days per week. Provides assessments for surgical weight loss patients. Coordinates and provides individualized age appropriate care for...
  1. Psychologist Portland, ME MaineHealth
    This position will be a generalist psychologist (PhD) with interest, training and /or experience integrating behavioral health services into the primary care/specialty care setting. This position will be placed in the Endocrinology and Diabetes...
  2. Psychologist Des Moines, IA Broadlawn's Medical Center
    The Outpatient Psychologist position will involve 50% Individual/Group Psychotherapy and 50% Psychological Assessment. Conducts psychological evaluations of outpatient and inpatient clients in response to referrals from hospital staff and outside...
  3. Clinical Psychologist Roanoke, VA Carilion Clinic
    Carilion Clinic has a full time Clinical Psychologist opportunity available. Must have licensure as a clinical psychologist in Virginia. Psychologist should demonstrate expertise in play therapy and family therapy and possess a level of...
  4. Psychologist Raleigh, NC NC Department of Health and Human Services
    This position is designated Mandatory and must report or stay over during adverse weather events. Under the supervision of a Senior Psychologist this position coordinates a range of assessment and treatment services to about 25 residents in a...
  5. Psychologist Raleigh, NC NC Department of Health and Human Services
    Continuous Recruitment Cherry Hospital is recruiting for permanent full-time Psychologist positions. Our 24 hour in-patient facility serves adolescent, adult and geriatric patients. The position provides direct service to patients through...
  6. Staff Psychologist Shelbyville, IN Major Health Partners
    MHP Psychology is an outpatient mental health office serving children (ages 3+) through adults, with opportunities for individual therapy and play therapy as well as psychological testing. Specific psychological tests used include IQ/educational...
  7. Behavioral Recovery Outreach Psychologist Des Moines, IA VA Central Iowa Health Care System
    The incumbent serves as a Geriatric Psychologist for the interdisciplinary Behavioral Recovery Outreach (BRO) team. The Psychologist provides a full range of psycho-diagnostic assessments, intervention and consultative services to Geriatric...
  8. Child Psychologist Augusta, ME MaineGeneral Health
    The Edmund N. Ervin Pediatric Center team at MaineGeneral Medical Center is seeking a full-time, doctoral level Child Psychologist to join our innovative, inter-disciplinary team. Job Details and Requirements: Doctoral level training and...
  9. Primary Care Psychologist Ringle, WI DocCafe
    Family Practice-Without OB opening in Waco, Texas. This and other physician jobs brought to you by DocCafe.com Baylor Scott and White Healthcare Central Texas Regional Clinic System is seeking a Psy.D or Ph.D. licensed psychologist to work...
  10. Rehab/Medical Psychologist Mechanicsville, VA Sheltering Arms Physical Rehabilitation Centers
    Medical Psychologist Be Inspired! Located in the Richmond, VA area, Sheltering Arms Physical Rehabilitation Centers help individuals find The Power to Overcome strokes, injuries and other setbacks. We use evidence-based clinical practice...
  11. Senior Psychologist-Broughton Raleigh, NC NC Department of Health and Human Services
    Senior Psychologist Broughton Hospital is currently accepting applications for a Senior Psychologist. The Senior Psychologist provides a full array of psychological services including but not limited to individual and group psychotherapy,...
  12. Staff Psychologist- Broughton Hospital Raleigh, NC NC Department of Health and Human Services
    Staff Psychologist Broughton Hospital is currently accepting applications for a Staff Psychologist. The primary responsibility of this position is to provide a full array of psychological services to adult inpatients with severe and persistent...
  13. Psychologist Waterloo, IA Covenant Medical Center
    Conducts diagnostic interviews and administers and interprets psychometric tests, makes recommendations based on combination of test results and interview. Provides psycho-social evaluation and therapy to psychiatric patients and their families.
  14. PSYCHOLOGIST Ames, IA Mary Greeley Medical Center
    Provides clinical therapy services to adult oncology patients and their families. The mental health professional understands the unique ongoing psychosocial impact of cancer on patients and families emotional and financial stability,...
  15. Clinical Psychologist - Bariatric Clinic (PRN) Roanoke, VA Carilion Clinic
    Clinical Psychologist - Bariatric Clinic Schedule: Variable Depending on Availability, typically 2 days per week. Provides assessments for surgical weight loss patients. Coordinates and provides individualized age appropriate care for...