Psychologists are experts who study the human behavior. Their responsibilities usually include research, teaching or social service in clinics, schools, the private industry or government agencies. Almost half of the psychologists in the USA work in private practice.
Some professionals have to conduct laboratory experiments and tests, take surveys or even record case histories, in order to learn more about human behavior.
Their research helps them clarify the reactions of individuals to their environment, by developing theories. They also use the gathered knowledge to help mentally or emotionally disturbed people cope with life and adjust to it. There are cases when psychologists consult with surgical or medical patients who must cope with their injury or illness.
There's a stiff competition for psychology graduate programs. All candidates are required to have a bachelor's degree in psychology or in a related field, but for those who want to work for educational institutions, specialist degrees are required. In some cases, a master's degree is considered sufficient.
All psychologists must also be licensed or certified in order to offer their services. If you want to know how the resume of a psychologist looks like, here is a sample:
46 Monroe Street
Name: Lauren Chaser
Birth Date: 7 May 1980
Driver's License: Yes
Seeking a challenging position as a psychologist to offer expert service.
Education and Professional Training
- Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2001
- Master of Science in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2004
- Licensed as a psychologist
- Excellent understanding of challenging and non-responding behavior
- Deep understanding of patients suffering from autism
- Exceptional ability to impart and manage confidential information
- Remarkable ability to effectively communicate test results, medical information and diagnoses to clients
- Excellent organizational skills, flexibility and attention to details
- Strong developmental evaluation and interviewing skills
- Ability to manage and train subordinate psychologists
- Strong communication skills and technical knowledge
- Solid knowledge of psychological test scoring, administration and interpretation
- Outstanding ability to develop individual treatment plans and goals and to assess the mental status of clients
- Strong knowledge of techniques in crisis intervention
- Ability to maintain emotional balance in contact with emergencies and human suffering
2006-Present date: Clinical psychologist for Sundown Clinic, Los Angeles, CA
Duties and responsibilities:
- Diagnosing and evaluating emotional and mental disorders of patients and administering programs of treatment
- Administering and interpreting personality, intelligence and other tests, in order to diagnose disorders and provide consultation
- Treating psychological disorders with the help of different techniques
- Assessing patient progress and accordingly modifying treatment programs
- Implementing and adhering to policies, in order to ensure patient confidentiality
- Participating in in-service meetings, educational programs and meetings to maintain currency of techniques and methodology and to enhance professional development
Duties and responsibilities:
- Reporting scientific results and interpreting data
- Developing new analytical techniques for drug analysis
- Using and developing nonstandard methodologies and techniques
- Preparing internal reports and making presentations to the team
- Good working capacity
- Excellent results with the majority of the patients
Available upon request.