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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:

Pay

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.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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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.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2019
3411
1.8 %
RISE
2024
3474
  United Kingdom
2019
31547
2 %
RISE
2024
32186

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What Does it Take?

You need:

Training

Getting On

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

British Psychological Society
Tel: 0116 254 9568
E-mail: enquiries@bps.org.uk
Website: http://www.bps.org.uk
Website (2): http://careers.bps.org.uk
Twitter: @BPSOfficial
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialBPS/

Disclosure Scotland
Tel: 03000 2000 40
E-mail: info@disclosurescotland.gov.uk
Website: https://www.mygov.scot/organisations/disclosure-scotland/
Twitter: @DisclosureScot

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
Tel: 0300 500 4472
E-mail: registration@hcpc-uk.org
Website: http://www.hcpc-uk.org/
Twitter: @The_HCPC
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hcpcuk

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) is the UK-wide regulatory body responsible for setting and maintaining standards of professional training, performance and conduct in the following health care professions: Arts Therapists; Audiologist; Biomedical Scientist; Chiropodist and Podiatrist; Clinical Scientist; Dietician; Dramatherapist; Occupational Therapist; Operating Department Practitioner; Orthoptist; Paramedic; Physiotherapist; Practitioner Psychologist; Prosthetist and Orthotist; Radiographer; Speech and Language Therapist. (The HCPC may regulate other healthcare professions in the future.) The HCPC website contains a register of all approved courses in the above professions.

Science Council
Tel: 020 3434 2020
E-mail: enquiries@sciencecouncil.org
Website: http://www.sciencecouncil.org/
Website (2): http://www.futuremorph.org/
Twitter: @Science_Council

The Science Council provides the quality assurance system for those working in science. They set the standards for professional registration for practising scientists and science technicians across all scientific disciplines. Those scientists who reach the required standards are recognised by the following designations CSci, CSciTeach, RSci and RSciTech.

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