WATCH INTERVIEWS WITH PSYCHOLOGY EXPERTS
We interviewed two experts in the field of psychology: Dr. Scott Lilienfeld, a psychology professor and researcher at Emory University who studies pseudoscience in psychology, and Dr. Ray Green from the Association for Psychological Science. Dr. Lilienfeld is the author of “50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology.” In his interview he discusses why these myths are so prevalent, as well as why it’s important to think scientifically about pseudo-psychology.
PSYCHOLOGISTS’ WORK ENVIRONMENTS
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in May 2018 psychologists worked in the following settings:
- Elementary and secondary schools (state, local, and private) – 27%
- Self-employed – 24%
- Outpatient offices or clinics – 18%
- Government – 10%
- Hospitals (state, local, and private) – 7%›
Other Facts About Psychology Careers:
- Nearly one out of three psychologists report being self-employed. Self-employed psychologists generally work in clinical practice—either alone or as part of a team; perform research; or work as consultants. Psychologists can set their own hours when they work in private practice. Most research-based psychology work takes place in academic settings, such as colleges and universities.
- The job outlook for psychologists is well above average, with an expected growth of 14% between 2016 and 2026. The careers with the largest project growth are school psychologist, counseling psychologist, and clinical psychologist.
- The psychologists who earn the highest pay—a median salary of $100,200—are those that fall into a “miscellaneous” category. Industrial organizational psychologists come next in earnings, with a median salary of $97,260.
All data comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.