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Psychologists teach, counsel, conduct research, or administer programs to understand people and help people understand themselves. Psychologists examine individual and group behavior through testing, experimenting, and studying personal histories.

Psychologists normally hold doctorates in psychology. Unlike psychiatrists, they are not medical doctors and most cannot prescribe medication in most states (clinical psychologists in Illinois, Louisiana, and New Mexico may prescribe medication to patients). Approximately 173,900 psychologists are employed in the United States.

Salary Range

$25,000 to $100,000+

Minimum Education Level

Master's Degree

Certification/License

Required

Outlook

Much Faster than the Average
Personality Traits

Outgoing

Problem-Solving

Scientific

Career Ladder
Consultant, or Professor, or Researcher

Chief Psychologist

Psychologist

Intern

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