What are Psychologists ?
A Psychologist Conduct scientific studies to study
behavior and brain function.
Develop programs that improve schools and
workplaces by addressing psychological issues.
Work with individuals, couples, and families to help
them make changes to their behaviors
Identify and diagnose mental, behavioral, or
Psychologists held about 174,000 jobs in 2010.
About 34 percent of psychologists were self-
employed, 29 percent worked in educational
services, and 20 percent worked in healthcare
Some work alone, others work in teams for a
health care program.
How to become a Psychologist
In order to become a psychologist you
need master’s, specialist, or doctoral
degree in psychology.
You also need to pass the test in order
to become a licensed professional.
It is also recommended to take an AP
Psychology course during high school
General psychology: An introductory
course offering an overview of the entire
course of psychology
History of Psychology: Understand the
origins of psychology
Statistics: Statistics offers a foundation
for understanding how psychologists
investigate human behavior.
Experimental psychology: Learn about
basic research methods and
Physiological psychology: develop your
knowledge of the brain, neural actions,
Cognitive Psychology: learn about how
people think, problem solve, and make
The median annual wage of
psychologists was $68,640 in May 2010
The lowest 10 percent earned less than
$39,200, and the top 10 percent earned
more than $111,810.
The different types of
Industrial- Organizational psychology
For a total of 14 different types
Examples of Psychology
Many psychologists study body language.
For example making direct eye contact can show you are
confident and are interested and paying attention to the
subject. However not
being able to hold eye
contact may show you
are distracted or
Another sign of
dominance is when
people’s body is stretched
outwards and take up
Psychologist vs Therapist vs
Many people get these confused, and here are
the differences between them.
Psychologists generally observe, document,
and interpret what mental and behavioral
aspects in the client.
Therapists are more hands on, and work
closer with the client. Similar to psychologists,
they also analyze their client but they also
communicate well with the client.
Psychiatrist make sure that the body and mind
are working together properly. They are also
able to determine which medication is needed
for the client.
1) B.F Skinner
2) Sigmund Freud
3) Albert Bandura
4) Jean Piaget
5) Carl Rogers
Insight from a Psychologist
Here is one video from a series of
videos that have a psychologist talk to
us about psychology.
Psychology Podcast Links
Here is a website that has 23 podcasts
covering a general intro to psychology
and different aspects in it.
Here are the top 10 psychology must read books
The Social Animal by Elliot Aronson
Influence: Science and Practice by Robert B. Cialdini
Yes! (50 Scientifically Proven Ways to be persuasive)
Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
Switch: How to Change things when Change is Hard by
Chip and Dan Heath
The Art of Choosing by Sheena Iyengar
How We Decide by Jonah Lehrer
Stumbiling on Happiness
by Daniel Gilbert
Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by
Daniel H. Pink
Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely