Forensic Psychologist

By: Nicole Terrell

Descrption of Career

The professional practice where they address psychological problems and deal with questions asked that have to do with legal issues. What they deal with can be divided into Civil (people involved in personal injury suits or child custody) and Criminal (people involved in the waiver of juveniles to adult courts).

Working Conditions

Forensic Psychologists work in specialty areas, individual workspaces, courthouses, police stations, and criminal detention centers. They work in these areas depending on what type of forensic psychology they are doing and who they are working with.

Training/Education Programs

Forensic Psychologists need to have either a master's degree in psychology, a Ph.D or Psy.D, or a Minor in Law. They need one of these three things in order to be qualified to work in this field.

Job Outlook

There are many jobs that you can get with the forensic psychology the outlook is very good. The jobs include becoming a criminal profiler, developing a curriculum for training law enforcement, counseling for young criminals, striving to improve public policy, conducting research, counseling criminals at prison, or becoming a professor at law schools.


Generally Forensic Psychologists get paid about $59,400 a year but if they are in the 50th percentile they get paid anywhere from $45,300 to $77,750 a year and if they are in the 10th percentile they will be paid $100,000 a year.