Psychologists research, study and assess emotional, cognitive and behavioural processes and abnormalities in human beings and animals and how these are affected by genetic, physical and social factors.
- Develops and administers tests to measure intelligence, abilities, aptitudes, etc. and assesses results
- Develops treatment and guidance methods and gives treatment or guidance using a variety of therapy and counselling techniques
- Observes and experiments on humans and animals to measure mental and physical characteristics
- Analyses the effect of hereditary, social and physical factors on thought and behaviour
- Studies psychological factors in the treatment and prevention of mental illness or emotional and personality disorders
- Maintains required contacts with family members, education or other health professionals, as appropriate, and recommends possible solutions to problems presented
- Applies professional knowledge and techniques within the workplace, addressing issues such as job design, work groups, motivation etc.
- Applies psychological treatment methods to help athletes achieve optimum mental health and enhance sporting performance.
Entrants require a degree in psychology recognised by the British Psychology Society. Postgraduate and professional qualifications relating to different areas of psychology are available and are required for certain posts.