Other psychologists > Psychologist
Healthcare | Science and research | Social care
Psychologists study people's behaviour, motivations, thoughts and feelings, and help them to overcome or control their problems.
£31,365 Starter - £87,754 Experienced
35 to 40 a week (9am to 5pm flexibly)
Where to start
You can get into this job through
a university course
You'll need to complete:
Once you have a psychology degree, you can specialise in a particular area, for example educational or forensic psychology.
To become a neuropsychologist, you must have specialist knowledge in neuroscience and a postgraduate qualification from the educational or clinical psychology fields.
- a psychology degree accredited by The British Psychological Society (BPS)
- Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership
- an accredited postgraduate qualification in your chosen specialism
Competition for postgraduate training is strong. You'll need a first or upper second class degree, and evidence of excellent research skills to apply. You'll also need relevant work experience.
If you have a degree in a different subject, you may be able to complete an approved psychology conversion course.
You'll usually need 2 to 3 A-Levels, or equivalent, for a degree. You'll need a degree in any subject for a postgraduate course. You'll need to register with the Health and Care Professions Council.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- 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
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
Restrictions and Requirements
You'll need to pass enhanced background checks, as you may be working with children and vulnerable adults
What you’ll do
Your day-to-day tasks will depend on your specialism. For example, you might work as an educational psychologist, where you would:
As an occupational psychologist, you'll:
- help children to overcome difficulties
- interview young people and assess their emotional state
- develop treatment programmes to help clients' psychological wellbeing
In counselling psychology, you may:
- 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
If you're a neuropsychologist, you could:
- 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
- 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.
Career path and progression
As your career develops, you could specialise within your branch of psychology, for example:
forensic or criminal psychology, clinical psychology or sports and exercise psychology. You could also take on a research project, leading to a PhD qualification, and combine this with university teaching.