Careers in Behavioral Psychology

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Behavioral psychologists work one-on-one with patients to treat mental and behavioral disorders. Most are self-employed and work in private practitioners' offices, but these psychologists can also work in schools, businesses, and consulting facilities. They need a specialist, master's, or doctoral degree in psychology, depending on the job they perform. Most states require licensing or certification to use the term 'psychologist, ' but requirements vary.

Required Education Graduate degree in a relevant field
Other Requirements Licensing or certification in most states
Projected Job Growth (Clinical, Counseling or School Psychologists) 11% (2012-22)*
Median Wage (Clinical, Counseling or School Psychologists) $67, 760 (2013)*

Sources: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Behavioral Psychologist Salary Information

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), clinical psychologists, such as behavioral psychologists, earned a median annual salary of $67, 760 in May 2013. The same month, the BLS reported that behavioral disorder counselors earned a median wage of $38, 630 a year.

Behavioral Psychologist Career Information

A behavioral psychologist's general career focus is to observe and interpret an individual's behavior to postulate theories and establish solutions to psychological disorders. Psychologists work closely with patients on a daily basis, providing them with therapy to control and resolve issues such as anxiety disorder, addiction, and phobia. Along with using interview and observation to gather information about a patient, psychologists also might use laboratory testing, such as psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, hypnosis, or biofeedback. They also attempt to obtain a greater understanding of human behavior by applying individual findings to broader cause-and-effect theories in the scientific field.

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