How the psychologist job market is changing with an infographic
The job market for psychologists has taken a dramatic turn for the worse in recent years.
According to a report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the number of psychologists working in the U.S. grew by just 4 percent from 2000 to 2013.
That’s down from a peak of 8 percent in 2004, but still a dramatic decline.
While the BLS notes that there are still plenty of openings in the field, they’re likely to shrink significantly over the next few years as psychologists focus on a number of new challenges.
“The job market in the psychology field has changed dramatically over the last decade, and the skills needed to continue to serve our clients have not changed,” said Jessica Fonseca, the BSA’s director of communications.
“While some people may be attracted to a particular field, the vast majority are not.”
The BLS also notes that the number and type of clinical psychologists are changing, as well.
A recent study published in the journal Psychological Science found that the average age of the people who work in clinical psychology has increased by almost a year over the past two decades.
This makes it difficult to recruit people who are older, as they’re now more likely to be employed by hospitals, social services, and universities.
“We need to recruit for these types of jobs in the future because there are going to be a lot of people looking for these jobs,” said Fonsca.
“People are looking for jobs that will help them get through their career and make a little bit of money in their career.”
As for those who are now making money, FonSCa says that there’s no clear way to predict how long the job market will continue to deteriorate.
But she suggests that psychologists should focus on training their own.
“When you’re teaching yourself to be an expert, you can make money,” she said.
“I think the best thing you can do for your career is go out and hire yourself.
You can learn more and learn from other people’s experience.
You’re just a better person, and you have more control over your own career.”