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Transcript of Psychologist
Most psychologists have to be licensed to practice, and licensing requirements are set by individual states. All states require a graduate degree in psychology: either a master’s or doctoral degree (PhD or PsyD) in psychology, depending on your area of specialization.
A Day in the life of a Psychologist
8:00 am – 9:00 am
Training a new secretary in time for the start of another semester.
9:00 am – 10:00 am
Filling out paperwork related to the university’s clinic; receiving client referrals from doctors and hospitals.
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Planning a graduate psychology class I’ll be teaching in the upcoming semester.
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Talking to a lawyer’s office about a referral involving counseling for a child caught up in a custody case.
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Working on the computer, preparing the department’s budget.
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Discussing the proposed budget with co-workers.
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Putting together a course plan for another graduate class I’ll teach in the fall; asking co-workers to appear as guest speakers.
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Reviewing old clinical files; discarding those I don’t need anymore.
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Appointment with a client.
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
At home, filling out insurance-related paperwork; making sure previous mistakes were corrected by the insurance companies.
What do Psychologists do?
Psychologists study people’s feelings, thoughts, and behavior and use this knowledge to help them function better in their day-to-day lives.
The psychologist takes notes after an appointment with a client. Psychologists write reports and maintain required paperwork, to keep track of their clients’ histories and treatment plans.
The psychologist consults reference materials such as textbooks, manuals, and journals. Psychologists use this research to help them develop and implement therapeutic and treatment plans for their patients.
What is a Psychologist?
Psychologists diagnose and treat people affected by personal problems and psychological illnesses or disorders.
The college/university I would like to attend to pursue this career would be Texas A&M.
You have to learn to think the way others do. Some problems might seem trivial to you, but you have to realize that the only important thing is how the problem affects the patient. People react differently to stress and confrontation. If you can put yourself in the patient’s world, really feeling for that person’s suffering, you have a better chance of helping them.
Level of Experience Hourly Annual
Entry Wage $22.63 $47,070
Median Wage $27.57 $57,340
Experienced Wage $34.35 $71,450
A Child Psychologist
A Psychologist and her Patient discussing problems.
A Psychologist listening to her patient.
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A Child Psychologist
A Psychologist listening intently
A Psychologist explaining solutions to the patient's problems
A Child Psychologist explaining to a child's understanding
A Medical Psychologist
A Psychologist examining the patient's expressions
A Child psychologist speaking with a teenager
A mother and daughter explaining problems