When working, would you like to deal with research in the field of human behavior? Are you fascinated by interpersonal phenomena and the aspect of human functioning in a contemporary society? Your professional path is therefore incredibly resembling the profession of a psychologist...



Who is a psychologist?


Let's start with the definition of psychology in general. Psychology as a science helps us develop an understanding the world around us, with particular emphasis on interpersonal phenomena and the functioning of human kind in society. The psychologist repeatedly engages in the process of professional and personal counseling, conducts therapeutic classes and trainings sessions  for educational employees. An alternative path of professional development is academic work at universities.


The name of a psychologist is defined by a person who has the necessary qualifications, confirmed by the required documents, to provide psychological benefits in the area of:


  • formulating a psychological diagnosis,
  • providing a psychological help,
  • psychotherapy (earlier specialist postgraduate studies are required).



How to become a psychologist?


To perform the profession of a psychologist it is necessary to meet the following requirements:


  • holding a master's degree in psychology,
  • having full legal capacity,
  • completing a post-graduate professional internship under the supervision of an experienced psychologist,
  • obtaining the right to practice as a psychologist after successfully completing a postgraduate internship.



Many psychologists broaden their competence by participating in various postgraduate programs in the field of, for example, mediation and negotiation, personal consulting or business communication. Specialistic programs in the field of psychotherapy are also very popular among candidates.




Where can a psychologist be hired?


Psychologists can find employment in educational institutions (primary, middle and high schools), offices specializing in personal and professional counseling as well as in police units. After gaining the necessary qualifications, they can also apply for a position in HR departments, where they are willingly employed due to their soft skills. Many psychologists also decide to stay at the university, where they devote themselves to didactic and scientific work.



How much does a psychologist make?


According to the most current Occupational Outlook Handbook from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for clinical psychologists in the United States is approximately $70 000. Actual salaries may vary greatly based on specialization within the field, location, years of experience and a variety of other factors.