Sports Psychologists

In general, sports psychologists work with amateur and professional athletes to improve their mental and physical health, as well as athletic performances, by using goal setting, imagery, focus strategies, and relaxation techniques, among others. Sports psychologists also strive to help athletes to mentally prepare for competition. There are approximately 170,200 psychologists employed in the United States, although sports psychologists comprise only a small segment of this number.


Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Education and Training
  • Master's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Health
  • Psychology
Skills
  • Coaching/Physical Training
  • Interpersonal
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Problem-Solving
  • Scientific
Licensure/Certification Required