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10 Types of Psychologists - Southeastern University

10 Types of Psychologists

There are many different kinds of career paths graduates can take after earning an online Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Many pursue further education in the field of psychology in order to become a licensed psychologist. Here is a look at 10 types of psychologists.

Business Psychologist

Business psychology combines the science of human behavior with the study of the work environment, in order to encourage productive and sustainable performance for organizations and workers. Business psychologists generally need a master’s degree in psychology. They make an average annual salary of $77,350.

Child Psychologist

Child psychologists focus on the spectrum of issues that affect children. The required education to practice is a doctoral degree in psychology, as well as state-specific licensure and certification. Child psychologists are considered to be in the occupational group of clinical, counseling and school psychologists, who make an average annual salary of $70,580.

Clinical Psychologist

Clinical psychologists employ strategies like interviewing clients, performing diagnostic tests, and providing individual, group or family psychotherapy. They help assess, diagnose and treat mental, emotional and behavioral disorders. Like most types of psychologists, a clinical psychologist must have a doctoral degree in order to practice. The average annual salary for a clinical psychologist is $70,580.

Correctional Facility Psychologist

Generally, psychologists in correctional facilities collaborate with caseworkers, attorneys and other staff to modify and improve the behavior of inmates. The Bureau of Labor Statistics does not have specific salary data on these types of psychologists; however, the average annual salary for all psychologists is $72,580.

Counseling Psychologist

Counseling psychologists provide insight and strategy to their clients in order to help them face and solve problems. They may focus on specific populations or issues, like families or substance abuse. They may work for hospitals, schools or mental health offices. The average annual salary for a counseling psychologist is $70,580.

Criminal Psychologist

Criminal psychologists work closely with law enforcement agencies in order to create suspect profiles and evaluate offenders who may be criminally insane. Forensic and criminal psychologists make a median annual salary of $61,489, according to PayScale.

Forensic Psychologist

Forensic psychologists use their knowledge and understanding of the human brain and human behavior to provide aid in different legal contexts. For example, a forensic psychologist may examine a defendant’s behavior or mindset before and during a trial. Forensic psychologists need a doctoral degree in order to practice. Forensic psychologists often work for local government. The median annual pay is $61,489.

Health Psychologist

Health psychologists are clinical psychologists who focus specifically on the influence of psychology on health and wellness. Many health psychologists focus on specific issues like smoking, nutrition and exercise. The average annual salary for a health psychologist is $70,580.

Industrial-Organizational Psychologist

Industrial-organizational psychologists use their understanding of the human brain and behavior to improve the quality of the work environment, productivity, and employee-employer relations. Industrial-organizational psychologists need a master’s degree. Their average annual salary is $77,350.

Military Psychologist

A military psychologist can be either a member of a military branch or a civilian. Military psychologists focus on behavioral issues and mental illnesses that specifically affect members of the military. Military psychologists work for the government and make an average annual salary of $90,620.

Unless otherwise noted, estimated annual salaries are based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016.