Psychologist - Occupational

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An occupational psychologist studies what affects people at work. They aim to find ways of increasing job satisfaction and motivation and making organisations more successful. They might also counsel workers who are made redundant, are about to retire, or looking to return to work after long term illness.

They may also be known as work psychologists.

The Work

You could be:


The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

Starting salaries for occupational psychologists are between £20,000 and £25,000 a year, rising up to £48,000 with experience. Senior posts can be around £70,000 a year or more.


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Getting In

Opportunities are available in the public and private sector, but most jobs are in the private sector. The second largest employer of occupational psychologists is the civil service. You could work in human resources management or in market research. You could also get a job in a research organisation.

What Does it Take?

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Getting On


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The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

British Psychological Society
Tel: 0116 254 9568
Website (2):
Twitter: @BPSOfficial

NHS Scotland Careers
Website (2):
Twitter: @NHSScotCareers

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