What does a Psychologist do?

Psychologists are responsible for evaluating, diagnosing, and treating people for mental, emotional, behavioral, educational, and developmental disorders. There are a wide variety of types of psychologists, including clinical psychologists, counseling psychologists, school psychologists, developmental psychologists, and more. Day-to-day tasks vary for each type of psychologist.

Clinical, counseling, and research psychologists generally need a doctoral degree (Ph.D. or Psy.D.) in clinical or counseling psychology from an accredited program. Additionally, they need a license in their state of practice. While licensure requirements vary by state, most require a doctoral degree in psychology, completion of an internship, a minimum number of years of supervised experience, and passing of an exam. The best psychologists have excellent interpersonal skills and are very trustworthy.

  • Perform psychological assessments, testing, and evaluation
  • Provide diagnosis based on assessments, testing, and evaluation
  • Develop and recommend treatment plans based on patient needs and diagnosis
  • Provide referrals when necessary for additional care, evaluation, or treatment
  • Collaborate with faculty, staff, and other professionals to provide the best care possible
  • Coordinate with case managers and psychiatrists about care
  • Complete all necessary clincial documentation in an accurate and timely manner
  • Ensure all services are completed according to relevant ethical and professional standards of care
  • Licensed psychologist in state of practice
  • Doctoral degree in clinical or counseling psychology
  • 3-5 years of related experience in psychology
  • Ability to pass a thorough background check
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse populations
  • Strong working knowledge of diagnostic techniques and a variety of evidence-based treatment modalities
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong familiarity with assessment techniques
  • Demonstrated ability to operate within ethical and professional standards of care
EducationGED / High School Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.7 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.8 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Psychologist Salaries

Average Base Pay

$93,647 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $94K
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CHE Behavioral Health ServicesCHE Behavioral Health Services
Clinical Psychologist
Sep 3, 2019

“I appreciate being able to document my notes electronically and have a flexible work schedule.”

Business Psychologist
May 16, 2021

“I had two line mangers throughout my time at people wise who were both fantastic and were very invested in my career progression.”

Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital
Clinical Psychology
Oct 12, 2021

“Good training rotations and supervision.”

Re:Cognition HealthRe:Cognition Health
Senior Assistant Psychologist
Dec 22, 2020

“I have felt incredibly well supported by my Centre Manager and have learnt so much from them.”

Organizational Psychologist
Aug 17, 2021

“It was my first internship and I couldn't have asked for a better one.”

Hartford HealthCareHartford HealthCare
Clinical Psychology Fellow
Nov 30, 2021

“Salary is fine but not great”

Licensed Psychologist
Dec 6, 2020

“Fun kind energetic smart good”

Sep 17, 2021

“Great team work and assistance”

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