Career Enjoyment: psychologist
Psychology involves the study of mental processes. There are clinical psychologists, who diagnose and treat problems, and organisational psychologists who find ways of improving behaviour and performance in individuals, teams, and the organisation as a whole. This career tends to have salaries in the range £15-50k (based on research in the UK). Typically, therefore, it has a higher than average earnings potential.
Views from people doing the job
The common feedback from people in this career was:
- When people in the job described what they liked about it, the common themes that emerged were: autonomy, developing harmony and understanding between people, involvement in the organisation's management style and strategy, freedom/autonomy.
- When people described what they disliked about the job, the themes were: can be boring.
When we asked people in each career to rate their job for enjoyment, on a scale between 1 (low) and 6 (high), the average rating for all jobs was just over 3.5. The average score for this career - psychologist - was 3.9, making it slightly more enjoyable than the average job. This is only one part of what makes a job enjoyable. You can find out how well your unique personality fits the job by completing our personality questionnaire.
The table shows the balance of preferences that are required in this career, using the language of the Myers Briggs model of personality. This career therefore involves:
|The demands of the job|
- Slightly more Introversion than Extraversion.
- Slightly more Sensing than iNtuition.
- Slightly more Thinking than Feeling.
- Slightly more Judgment than Perception.
The wheel provides a more detailed view of the types of behaviours required in this career. Each segment represents a behavioural style. Lighter segments indicate that you need to use that style more in the job. On a PC, you can hover the mouse over a segment for a brief description.Lighter/redder segments show the types of behaviour you will need to use more of, i.e.: dealing with data or detailed information; listening to other people's concerns; solving practical problems; theorising or analysing.
The job does not involve as much: people wanting things from you.
Comparison with your personality
You can find out how well your personality matches this and all the other careers by completing the MMDI personality questionnaire.