Psychologists held about 170,200 jobs in 2008. Educational institutions
employed about 29 percent of psychologists in positions other than teaching,
such as counseling, testing, research, and administration. About 21 percent were
employed in healthcare, primarily in offices of mental health practitioners,
hospitals, physicians' offices, and outpatient mental health and substance abuse
centers. Government agencies at the State and local levels employed
psychologists in correctional facilities, law enforcement, and other settings.
After several years of experience, some psychologists—usually those with
doctoral degrees—enter private practice or set up private research or consulting
firms. About 34 percent of psychologists were self-employed in 2008—mainly as
In addition to the previously mentioned jobs, many psychologists held faculty
positions at colleges and universities and as high school psychology teachers.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor,
Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition
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