Psychologist Job Description



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What skills do you need to be a psychologist?

A psychologist is someone who has at least an undergraduate degree in psychology, which is the study of the brain in terms of human behavior and personality. Through counseling and experimentation, psychologists work to promote safety, understanding, and good mental health. Their research helps us understand behavior, memory, and mental health disorders.

This job description template provides a guide for you to use in order to simplify the process for the positions that you need to fill in. This Psychologist Job Description has ways to grab its audience’s attention. It is crafted by HR professionals, intelligently structured and easy to navigate, and provides the major categories that you should include. For example:

Job title: the formal title of the position;

Reports to: the title of the position that the job incumbent reports to

Job purpose: a brief description of the general nature of the position; an overview of why the job exists; and what the role is expected to accomplish. The job purpose is usually not more than four sentences long.

Duties and responsibilities: list the primary job duties and responsibilities using headings and then give examples of the types of activities under each heading. 

Qualifications: state the minimum qualifications required to perform the job successfully, and include:
  • Education
  • Professional Certification
  • Experience
  • Specialized knowledge
  • Skills
  • Abilities
  • Other qualities such as personal characteristics

Working conditions: state whether a person has to work in special circumstances, such as shift work, working outdoors, working with challenging clients, etc.

Physical requirements: state whether the job is physically demanding like one is required to stand for extended periods of time, lift heavy objects on a regular basis, do repetitive tasks with few breaks, and so forth.

Direct reports: list by job title any positions to be supervised by the incumbent.

Approved by: signature of the person with the authority to approve the job description

Date approved: the date upon which the job description was approved

Reviewed: date the job description was last reviewed

Psychologist Job Responsibilities:

  • Talks to individuals and fosters their positive mental health and personal growth.
  • Evaluates patients’ needs and accommodates them accordingly.
  • Studies factors that affect human behavior.
  • Develops treatment plans.
  • Administers psychological tests and determines results.
  • Counseling: Provides counseling by leading group or individual sessions.
  • Behavioral: Researches variations in behavioral patterns over a person’s lifespan, examines societal trends, and attempts to correct disorders caused by improper development.
  • Forensic: Works with law enforcement officials and acts as experts in various legal cases, assesses competency, works with witnesses, and performs psychological evaluations.
  • Clinical: Works to prevent, diagnose and treat mental disorders, and works with physicians to determine the best course of treatment for patients.

Psychologist Qualifications/Skills:

  • Knowledge of psychological theory and practice
  • Superior communication skills
  • Research skills
  • Interest in how people think and process information
  • Ability to empathize with a wide range of people
  • Listening skills
  • Capacity for handling stressful and possible volatile situations 

Education and Experience Requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree in psychology
  • Graduate degree (masters or doctorate) often required or favored by employers
  • State licensure often required
  • Certification available in various areas of specialization
  • Additional requirements may apply, depending on the specialty
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