Psychologist | Selby College
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Psychologists study people's behaviour, motivations, thoughts and feelings, and help them to overcome or control their problems.

Potential salary

£31,365 to £87,754

Employment by 2024


Working hours

35 to 40 a week

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

Your day-to-day tasks will depend on your specialism. For example, you might work as an educational psychologist, where you would:

  • help children to overcome difficulties
  • interview young people and assess their emotional state
  • develop treatment programmes to help clients' psychological wellbeing

As an occupational psychologist, you'll:

  • assess the productivity of a business and how the staff work
  • develop processes to measure employee talent and progress
  • have one-to-one sessions with employees to support their wellbeing

In counselling psychology, you may:

  • work with children and adults to explore their social, economic, cultural and spiritual health
  • use psychotherapeutic methods, like cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), to treat patients
  • assess patients and recommend treatments

If you're a neuropsychologist, you could:

  • investigate the impact of injury or illness on patients' behaviour
  • make rehabilitation and treatment recommendations
  • look to improve patients' health and quality of life

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

Your working environment may be emotionally demanding.

As your career develops, you could specialise within your branch of psychology, for example:forensic or criminal psychology; clinical psychology; sports and exercise psychology

You could also take on a research project, leading to a PhD qualification, and combine this with university teaching.

You'll find more advice on careers and training in psychology from The British Psychological Society.

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