How to Become a

Psychologist

What is a psychologist?

A psychologist assess and provides treatment for clients with a mental illness. They can specialize in different types of psychology, like sports psychology, clinical psychology, or counselling psychology. They may also do research about mental health.

What does a psychologist do?

A psychologist works with clients to achieve goals set at the beginning. They can also diagnose mental illness' and refer clients to a psychiatrist who prescribes medication.

Where does a psychologist work?

They could work at hospitals, schools, jails, or universities.

What are the pros and cons of becoming a psychologist?

Pros:

  • the satisfaction of helping someone
  • meeting interesting people
  • it pays well
  • lots of job opportunitys
  • learn more about why people act the way they do
  • gain patience

Cons:

  • cost and length of education
  • some clients can be violent
  • if you work in a hospital, you may be "on call" during the night or on weekends
  • it's difficult to hear about other people's pain sometimes

How much do they get payed?

They can be payed anywhere from $40,000 - $120,000 per year depending on your experience and where you work.

What education is needed?

To become a psychologist, you need to get a master's degree(six years; four years for a bachelor's degree and two years for a master's degree) and a PhD(an additional four years) in Clinical Psychology. It is also good to do work placement, where you work for free to gain experience. This will help you get a job in the future. Some good courses to take during highschool are Probability and Statistics, Biology, Chemistry, English, and World Issues/Philosophy.

Psychologists must be non-judgemental

If they are judgemental it could affect the client in a negative way, and the client probably wont come back.

Psychologists must be emotionally stable

If they are unstable, it could trigger their client. They shouldn't share a lot of personal information.