Research Summary. After extensive research, interviews, and analysis, Zippia's data science team found that:
Salaries have increased 9% for staff psychologists in the last 5 years
Projected job growth for staff psychologists is 14% from 2018-2028
There are over 42,129 staff psychologists currently employed in the United States
There are 85,221 active staff psychologist job openings in the US based on job postings
The average salary for a staff psychologist is $77,671
Yes, staff psychologist jobs are in demand. The job market for analysts is projected to grow 14% from 2018 to 2028.
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Mouse over a state to see the number of active staff psychologist jobs in each state. The darker areas on the map show where staff psychologists earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.
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|1||District of Columbia||693,972||167||24%|
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We spoke to professors and experts from several universities and companies to get their opinions on where the job market for recent graduates is heading, as well as how young graduates entering the industry can be adequately prepared. Here are their thoughts.
University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College
University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College
Behavioral Science Department
Debra Frame Ph.D.: Staff psychologists provide inpatient psychological and outpatient clinical services, including assessments and diagnostic evaluations, interventions, and consultations. To qualify, individuals must have a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology or Counseling Psychology from a program accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) and licensure from the state where they are employed. Staff psychologists also need an understanding of state and federal laws and the ability to uphold professional legal and ethical standards and experience with clinical assessment, diagnosis, and intervention for a broad range of mental, emotional, and behavioral symptoms. Unless otherwise noted, the ability to work with individuals, couples, families, and groups across all age ranges will make a job candidate stand out. Demonstrated experience in clinical and mental health assessment and preparing comprehensive psychological reports for various purposes will make an applicant more noticeable, especially when experience is from a site accredited by the American Psychological Association.
Debra Frame Ph.D.: Although these skills and certain personality traits may be less quantifiable, soft skills, such as organizational and interpersonal skills, scientific inquiry and critical thinking, flexibility, and a suitable professional etiquette, are important to the workplace; thus, having these skills make any graduate more attractive. Excellent communication skills, including oral, written, presenting, and listening abilities, are most important. Staff psychologists should also possess the ability to work in an interprofessional team of practitioners to create a broad plan of mental and physical health. Individuals with an appreciation for diversity and the uniqueness of individuals across cultures are important. This means that psychologists who attempt to explore different cultures and strive to understand and honor beliefs and traditions that are not their own may be the most sought-after candidates. It follows that staff psychologists must also have an ability to adjust one's clinical approach to successfully serve individuals who are different from oneself.
Debra Frame Ph.D.: The ability to work with analytical software, scheduling software and medical software (including mental health apps) is most critical. Graduates should also be able to use word processing software to write and maintain clinical reports, and completing paperwork to work with 3rd party providers is essential. Staff psychologists need to demonstrate skills in clinical assessment and diagnosis and should also be able to plan treatments utilizing evidence-based therapeutic interventions on a scheduled or emergency basis. Some positions will ask for the ability to conduct scientific studies of mental health; therefore, graduates who are well versed in research methods and statistics tend to be more attractive. Finally, fluency in a second language, especially Spanish, makes graduates more marketable. Spanish-speaking psychologists are in high demand due to a growing Hispanic population, a limited number of Hispanic psychologists, and an even smaller number of psychologists who can provide services in Spanish.
Debra Frame Ph.D.: Higher incomes go to individuals with higher degrees. Experience also counts with many staff psychology positions requiring at least two years of experience as a minimum. A specialty area is a plus; for example, neuropsychology, child psychology, and clinical health psychology are more often specifically mentioned in job advertisements and may bring additional salary should a graduate meet a specific need.
While salaries for individuals with doctorate degrees in psychology are projected to outpace inflation, psychologists earn higher incomes, especially when working in the business environment, followed by governmental agencies, non-profits groups, and health education. A staff psychologist working in the corporate environment needs to have the technical skills to develop assessments that meet the company's needs to make effective employee selection and placement decisions, design training techniques to enhance employee skills, assess employee performance, and develop plans to ensure healthier work-life balance.
More recently, clinical services have been increasingly delivered in a virtual world. Therefore, knowledge of technologies and appropriate strategies for remote mental health services will help graduates stand out and earn additional income. Telehealth services will expand treatments to previously inaccessible areas and will provide additional income streams.