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Average National Salaries (2019)

Age 20

£16,120 pile of coins

Age 35

£32,240 pile of coins

Age 50

£37,960 pile of coins
Average salary in the East Midlands: £28,080

What does this career do?

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.

Typical tasks

  • 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.

Current entry requirements

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.

Percentage in work

  • Employed

  • Unemployed


Due to insufficient sample sizes, some data was excised.

Predicted employment status in 2022

  • Part-time

  • Self Employed

  • Full-time

Predicted employment levels in the East Midlands

Career related courses available at West Notts

About the statistics

Data is powered by LMI for All and is sourced from labour market statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the Institute for Employment Research, the Department for Works and Pensions, and the UK Commission for Employment and Skills.

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