How Being a Psychologist Can Benefit You

What are some of the key benefits of being a psychologist? It's a question that any student aspiring toward the career should ask themselves. Before you decide on this career, it is important to ask yourself whether or not you will enjoy a career as a psychologist.

There are many benefits to being a psychologist. In addition to working in a field that you love, you will have the opportunity to explore new challenges, help people grow as individuals, and learn new things about yourself.


Find Rewards in Helping Others

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One of the major attractions of becoming a psychologist is the opportunity to help others. If you enjoy working with people, a career in psychology is a great choice. While the job can be stressful at times, many psychologists describe their jobs as very gratifying and fulfilling.


Have a Flexible Work Schedule

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According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the U.S. Department of Labor, 29% of psychologists are self-employed with a median pay of around $79,000 per year. If you operate your own therapy practice, you can basically set your own hours.

One big advantage of becoming a psychologist is that you can have a rewarding career and still have plenty of time to spend with your friends and family.

Psychologists who work in hospitals or mental health offices may not have work schedules that are as flexible as their self-employed counterparts, but there are still plenty of opportunities to set hours that work with your life and family demands.


Earn a Potentially High Salary

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While money isn't the only reason to choose a certain career, psychologists are generally well-compensated for their time and effort. On average, psychologists earn anywhere from $43,800 to $129,250 annually.

Some individuals opt to work part-time, still earning a respectable income while leaving time to care for children and fulfill other personal obligations.

It is important to note that these salaries reflect professionals who hold advanced degrees in their fields. Those who have earned an undergraduate degree in psychology cannot refer to themselves as psychologists, as it is a legally protected title. Those with bachelor's level degrees also face lower salaries and fewer job options than those with more training.


Run Your Own Business

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If you enjoy working for yourself and have an entrepreneurial spirit, becoming a psychologist can be an excellent career choice. Establishing your own private therapy practice gives you the opportunity to have full control over your career.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, an estimated 29% of all psychologists are self-employed.

Psychologists working in specialized fields such as industrial-organizational psychology, educational psychology, and forensic psychology may also find opportunities for self-employment as private consultants.


Find Plenty of New Challenges

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The field of psychology is both diverse and challenging, so no matter which field you choose to pursue, you probably won't find yourself bored very often. Clinical psychologists face constant challenges from clients who need their help in solving problems.

Other specialty areas such as sports psychology and forensic psychology face their own unique demands and obstacles. Being a psychologist might be stressful at times, but the profession presents intellectual challenges that keep the job interesting.


Meet a Wide Variety of People

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If you enjoy working with people and helping them achieve their full potential, then becoming a psychologist can be extremely rewarding.

While you will often face challenges, seeing your clients make real progress and work towards their goals can give you a feeling of accomplishment.

Whether you are working exclusively with children, adults, married couples or families, you will have the opportunity to meet and help people from all walks of life.

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  1. American Psychological Association. Careers in Psychology.

  2. U.S. Department of Labor Statistics. Psychologists. Occupational Outlook Handbook.

By Kendra Cherry
Kendra Cherry, MS, is the author of the "Everything Psychology Book (2nd Edition)" and has written thousands of articles on diverse psychology topics. Kendra holds a Master of Science degree in education from Boise State University with a primary research interest in educational psychology and a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Idaho State University with additional coursework in substance use and case management.