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Psychologist

Alternative titles for this job include Chartered psychologist

Psychologists apply the scientific study of the mind and behaviour to solving real life problems.

Average salary (a year)

£44,000 Starter

to

£57,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

35 to 40 a week

You could work

9am to 5pm flexibly

How to become

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How to become Psychologist

You can get into this job through a university course.

University

To become a psychologist, you'll need to:

Psychology conversion course

You might be able to complete an approved psychology conversion course if:

  • your psychology degree is not accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • you have a degree in a subject other than psychology

Postgraduate qualification

To practice as a psychologist, you'll need to complete an accredited postgraduate qualification in your chosen specialism.

Specialisms include:

  • educational psychology
  • forensic psychology
  • occupational psychology
  • sport and exercise psychology

To apply for a postgraduate qualification in a specialism, you’ll often need:

  • a first or 2:1 (upper second class) degree
  • excellent research skills
  • relevant work experience

You might want to check the postgraduate entry requirements with the admissions department where you want to study.

You can find out more about all of the different specialisms and the postgraduate training from the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
  • a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study

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Volunteering

It can be helpful to get some paid or voluntary experience in health or social care or in education before you apply for a course.

You can also find volunteering opportunities through The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) and Do IT.

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Professional and industry bodies

You can join The British Psychological Society (BPS) for professional development opportunities.

Further information

You'll find more advice on careers and training in psychology from The British Psychological Society (BPS) and Health Careers.

You can also explore other careers in the psychological professions.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of psychology
  • to enjoy working with other people
  • counselling skills including active listening and a non-judgemental approach
  • active listening skills
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • maths skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day tasks will depend on your specialism. For example you could:

  • support young people with learning or emotional issues
  • work with patients with brain injuries
  • use psychological theory to help people who have been in prison
  • support people with conditions like anxiety, stress and depression
  • help businesses improve employee job satisfaction
  • help improve individual or team motivation and performance

Working environment

You could work at a school, in an NHS or private hospital, in a prison, in a therapy clinic, in the community or at a client's business.

Your working environment may be emotionally demanding.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

Your career path will depend on your psychology specialism.

You could:

  • move into supervisory or management positions
  • move into teaching, academic research, policy or consultancy work
  • become self employed and run your own private practice

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

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Courses In England

Psychology

  • Provider: WYCOMBE HIGH SCHOOL
  • Start date: 01 September 2024
  • Location: High Wycombe

Psychology

  • Provider: POOLE GRAMMAR SCHOOL
  • Start date: 01 September 2024
  • Location: Poole

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