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Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary
SOC Code: 25-1066.00

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

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.

Technology Skills

  • Analytical or scientific software - PsyScript; Qualtrics Research Suite; SAS ; The MathWorks MATLAB (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 ; Data entry software
  • Electronic mail software - Email software; Microsoft Outlook
  • 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
  • Office suite software - Microsoft Office
  • Optical character reader OCR or scanning software - Image scanning software
  • Presentation software - Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Project management software - Sona Systems Experiment Management System
  • Spreadsheet software - Microsoft Excel
  • Web page creation and editing software - SurveyWiz
  • Word processing software - Collaborative editing software; Google Docs; Microsoft Word

Tools Used

  • 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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).”

Education

Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
38%Master's degree
38%Doctoral degree
24%Post-doctoral training

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.

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.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $73,770 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 47,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Much faster than average (15% or higher)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 4,500

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