by: mia young
Discription of the occupation
Forensic psychologists evaluate criminals to learn what their mindset and motives were at the time of an offense. They gauge what threat, if any, the offender will be to the public in the future. Their presence in courtrooms is often essential. Their evaluations, assessments and testimonies help inform the decisions of judges and juries. In addition, forensic psychologists often work with children who are caught in the middle of custody battles. They serve at-risk populations and trauma survivors by advocating for their wellness and justice in specific cases.
This work can be challenging and distressing. Also may also face physical and verbal abuse at times.
Training and educational requirements
The educational requirements are British Psychological Society (BPS)-accredited degree in psychology, leading to Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) and a Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)-approved programme of training leading to registration as a forensic psychologist.
Trainee or newly qualified psychologists can earn around $20,000 a year. Qualified psychologists may earn between $30,000 and $45,000.
Consultants and heads of large departments may earn up to $70,000 or more.