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25-1066.00 - Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary

Teach courses in psychology, such as child, clinical, and developmental psychology, and psychological counseling. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Sample of reported job titles: Adjunct Professor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Associate Professor of Psychology, Instructor, Lecturer, Professor, Professor of Psychology, Psychology Instructor, Psychology Professor

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Tasks  |  Tools & Technology  |  Knowledge  |  Skills  |  Abilities  |  Work Activities  |  Detailed Work Activities  |  Work Context  |  Job Zone  |  Education  |  Credentials  |  Interests  |  Work Styles  |  Work Values  |  Related Occupations  |  Wages & Employment  |  Job Openings  |  Additional Information

Tasks

  • Prepare course materials, such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.
  • Prepare and deliver lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as abnormal psychology, cognitive processes, and work motivation.
  • Evaluate and grade students' class work, laboratory work, assignments, and papers.
  • Maintain student attendance records, grades, and other required records.
  • Compile, administer, and grade examinations, or assign this work to others.
  • Plan, evaluate, and revise curricula, course content, course materials, and methods of instruction.
  • Keep abreast of developments in the field by reading current literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences.
  • Initiate, facilitate, and moderate classroom discussions.
  • Maintain regularly scheduled office hours to advise and assist students.
  • Select and obtain materials and supplies, such as textbooks.
  • Conduct research in a particular field of knowledge and publish findings in professional journals, books, or electronic media.
  • Advise students on academic and vocational curricula and on career issues.
  • Develop and use multimedia course materials and other current technology, such as online courses.
  • Serve on academic or administrative committees that deal with institutional policies, departmental matters, and academic issues.
  • Collaborate with colleagues to address teaching and research issues.
  • Compile bibliographies of specialized materials for outside reading assignments.
  • Supervise students' laboratory work.
  • Provide clinical services to clients, such as assessing psychological problems and conducting psychotherapy.
  • Supervise undergraduate or graduate teaching, internship, and research work.
  • Perform administrative duties, such as serving as department head.
  • Participate in student recruitment, registration, and placement activities.
  • Supervise the clinical work of practicum students.
  • Provide professional consulting services to government or industry.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Binocular light compound microscopes — Optical scanning microscopes
  • Camera based vision systems for automated data collection — Eye tracking systems
  • Compact disk players or recorders — Compact disk CD players
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital camcorders or video cameras — Digital video cameras
  • Digital cameras — Compact digital cameras
  • Digital video disk players or recorders — Digital video disk DVD players
  • Digital voice recorders — Digital audio recorders
  • Epidiascopes — Opaque projectors
  • High capacity removable media drives — Universal serial bus USB flash drives
  • Inkjet printers — Poster printers
  • Laser fax machine — Laser facsimile machines
  • Laser printers — Computer laser printers
  • Liquid crystal display projector — Liquid crystal display LCD projectors
  • Medical magnetic resonance imaging MRI scanners — Magnetic resonance imaging MRI scanners
  • Medical positron emission tomography PET units — Medical positron emission tomography PET scanners
  • Microphone stand — Microphone podiums
  • Microphones — Handheld microphones; Wireless microphones
  • MP3 players or recorders — MP3 digital voice recorders
  • Multimedia projectors — Computer projectors; Multimedia projection equipment
  • Notebook computers — Laptop computers
  • Overhead projectors — Overhead data projectors
  • Photocopiers — Photocopying equipment
  • Portable data input terminals — Interactive whiteboard controllers; Student response systems
  • Projection screens or displays — Projector screens
  • Scanners — Computer data input scanners
  • Scanning electron microscopes
  • Scanning light or spinning disk or laser scanning microscopes — Laser scanning microscopes
  • Scientific calculator — Digital calculators
  • Slide projectors — Carousel slide projectors
  • Special purpose telephones — Multi-line telephone systems
  • Stereo or dissecting light microscopes — Stereo fluorescence macroscopes
  • Tablet computers
  • Teleconference equipment — Conference telephones
  • Televisions — Liquid crystal display LCD televisions; Television monitors
  • Touch screen monitors — Interactive whiteboards
  • Transmission electron microscopes — Transmission electron microscopes TEM
  • Videoconferencing systems — Videoconferencing equipment
  • Web cameras — Webcams

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Analytical or scientific software — PsyScript; Qualtrics Research Suite; SAS Hot technology ; The MathWorks MATLAB Hot technology (see all 17 examples)
  • Calendar and scheduling software
  • Computer based training software — Blackboard Learn; ePsych; Moodle; PsychSim (see all 9 examples)
  • Data base user interface and query software — Blackboard Hot technology ; Data entry software Hot technology
  • Electronic mail software — Email software; Microsoft Outlook Hot technology
  • Graphics or photo imaging software — XNAT
  • Information retrieval or search software — DOC Cop; iParadigms Turnitin
  • Internet browser software — Web browser software
  • Medical software — Biomedical Imaging Resource Analyze
  • Object or component oriented development software — R Hot technology
  • Office suite software — Microsoft Office
  • Optical character reader OCR or scanning software — Image scanning software
  • Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint Hot technology
  • Project management software — Sona Systems Experiment Management System
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel Hot technology
  • Web page creation and editing software — SurveyWiz
  • Word processing software — Collaborative editing software; Google Docs; Microsoft Word

Hot technology Hot Technology — a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings.

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Knowledge

  • Psychology — Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Education and Training — Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Therapy and Counseling — Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
  • Sociology and Anthropology — Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Philosophy and Theology — Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.

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Skills

  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Instructing — Teaching others how to do something.
  • Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
  • Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
  • Systems Evaluation — Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
  • Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people.

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Abilities

  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
  • Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Fluency of Ideas — The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
  • Originality — The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.

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Work Activities

  • Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
  • Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
  • Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
  • Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
  • Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public — Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
  • Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.
  • Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
  • Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
  • Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information — Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity.
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Develop instructional materials.
  • Teach social science courses at the college level.
  • Evaluate student work.
  • Maintain student records.
  • Administer tests to assess educational needs or progress.
  • Prepare tests.
  • Develop instructional objectives.
  • Evaluate effectiveness of educational programs.
  • Attend training sessions or professional meetings to develop or maintain professional knowledge.
  • Stay informed about current developments in field of specialization.
  • Guide class discussions.
  • Supervise laboratory work.
  • Supervise student research or internship work.
  • Advise students on academic or career matters.
  • Order instructional or library materials or equipment.
  • Select educational materials or equipment.
  • Research topics in area of expertise.
  • Write articles, books or other original materials in area of expertise.
  • Create technology-based learning materials.
  • Serve on institutional or departmental committees.
  • Direct department activities.
  • Perform student enrollment or registration activities.
  • Promote educational institutions or programs.
  • Compile specialized bibliographies or lists of materials.
  • Advise educators on curricula, instructional methods, or policies.
  • Evaluate scholarly materials.
  • Write grant proposals.
  • Plan community programs or activities for the general public.

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Work Context

  • Electronic Mail — 92% responded “Every day.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 70% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Public Speaking — 63% responded “Every day.”
  • Contact With Others — 65% responded “Constant contact with others.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 47% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 75% responded “Every day.”
  • Telephone — 50% responded “Every day.”
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 62% responded “Every day.”
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 72% responded “More than 40 hours.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 59% responded “Very important.”
  • Level of Competition — 42% responded “Extremely competitive.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 37% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 44% responded “Important results.”
  • Letters and Memos — 38% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 39% responded “Very important.”
  • Time Pressure — 36% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Sitting — 38% responded “More than half the time.”
  • Deal With External Customers — 31% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 30% responded “Very important.”
  • Physical Proximity — 41% responded “I work with others but not closely (e.g., private office).”

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed
Education Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).
Related Experience Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.
Job Training Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.
Job Zone Examples These occupations often involve coordinating, training, supervising, or managing the activities of others to accomplish goals. Very advanced communication and organizational skills are required. Examples include librarians, lawyers, astronomers, biologists, clergy, surgeons, and veterinarians.
SVP Range (8.0 and above)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
38   Master's degree
38   Doctoral degree
24   Post-doctoral training

This occupation may require a background in the following science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educational disciplines:

Life Sciences — Clinical Psychology; Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics; Community Psychology; Comparative Psychology; Counseling Psychology; Developmental and Child Psychology (see all 16 programs)

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: SIA

  • Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
  • Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
  • Artistic — Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.

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Work Styles

  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
  • Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.

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Work Values

  • Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
  • Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
  • Recognition — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2015) $70,260 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2014) 47,000 employees
Projected growth (2014-2024) Much faster than average (14% or higher) Much faster than average (14% or higher)
Projected job openings (2014-2024) 15,800
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2014)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data external site and 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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Sources of Additional Information

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  • Postsecondary teachers external site. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition.

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