Description: Psychologists study mental processes and human behavior by observing, interpreting, and recording how people and other animals relate to one another and the environment.
Knowledge Required: Psychology, social sciences, human behavior, biology, medical ethics, communication
Skills: Emotional stability, effective at dealing with people, sensitivity, compassion, patience
Career Path: A doctoral degree usually is required for independent practice as a psychologist. Psychologists with a doctoral degree often work in clinical positions or in private practices, but they also sometimes teach, conduct research, or carry out administrative responsibilities.
Best Cities for this job: Los Angeles, New York City, Washington DC, Boston
Median Annual Income: National: $109,600 CA: $96,000
Future Growth: The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts employment of psychologists to grow 12 percent over the 2008–18 decade.
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