|Quick Facts: Psychologists|
|2020 Median Pay||$82,180 per year
$39.51 per hour
|Typical Entry-Level Education||See How to Become One|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|Number of Jobs, 2020||178,900|
|Job Outlook, 2020-30||8% (As fast as average)|
|Employment Change, 2020-30||13,500|
Psychologists study cognitive, emotional, and social processes and behavior by observing, interpreting, and recording how individuals relate to one another and to their environments.
Some psychologists work independently, conducting research, consulting with clients, or working with patients. Others work as part of a healthcare team, collaborating with physicians and social workers, or in school settings, working with students, teachers, parents, and other educators. Those in private practice often work evenings and weekends to accommodate clients.
Although psychologists typically need a doctoral degree in psychology, a master’s degree is sufficient for some positions. Most psychologists also need a license.
The median annual wage for psychologists was $82,180 in May 2020.
Overall employment of psychologists is projected to grow 8 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations.
About 13,400 openings for psychologists are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
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