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Psychologists and Psychotherapists

ANZSCO ID 2723

Overview

All Psychologists and Psychotherapists

  • $1,857 Weekly Pay
  • Very strong Future Growth
  • 26,800 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 52% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 44 years Average age
  • 80% female Gender Share

Psychologists and Psychotherapists investigate, assess and provide treatment and counselling to foster optimal personal, social, educational and occupational adjustment and development.

A postgraduate degree in psychology and a period of supervised practice is needed to work as a Psychologist. While Psychotherapist generally need a bachelor degree in psychotherapy.

Tasks
  • collecting data about clients and assessing their cognitive, behavioural and emotional disorders
  • administering and interpreting diagnostic tests and formulating plans for treatment
  • developing, administering and evaluating individual and group treatment programs
  • consulting with other professionals on details of cases and treatment plans
  • conducting research studies of motivation in learning, group performance and individual differences in mental abilities and educational performance
  • collecting data and analysing characteristics of students and recommending educational programs
  • formulating achievement, diagnostic and predictive tests for use by teachers in planning methods and content of instruction
  • developing interview techniques, psychological tests and other aids in workplace selection, placement, appraisal and promotion
  • conducting surveys and research studies on job design, work groups, morale, motivation, supervision and management
  • performing job analyses and establishing job requirements by observing and interviewing employees and managers

Prospects

Pathways

A postgraduate degree in psychology and a period of supervised practice is needed to work as a Psychologist. While Psychotherapist generally need a bachelor degree in psychotherapy.

Registration with the Psychology Board of Australia is required.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.

Skills & Knowledge

Employers look for Psychologists who are caring, compassionate, empathetic and work well in a team.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Therapy and counselling

    97% Skill level

    Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.

  2. Psychology

    96% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  3. Customer and personal service

    77% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  4. English language

    74% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  5. Education and training

    66% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  6. Personnel and human resources

    56% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  7. Sociology and anthropology

    53% Skill level

    Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

  8. Philosophy and theology

    51% Skill level

    Philosophical systems and religions, including their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and impact on society.

  9. Computers and electronics

    49% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  10. Law and government

    47% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  11. Mathematics

    47% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  12. Administration and management

    45% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  13. Public safety and security

    43% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  14. Medicine and dentistry

    41% Skill level

    Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.

  15. Clerical

    36% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  16. Communications and media

    32% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  17. Biology

    31% Skill level

    Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

  18. Chemistry

    21% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  19. History and archeology

    17% Skill level

    Events of the past, their causes, how we learn about them, and how they influence the way we live today.

  20. Telecommunications

    11% Skill level

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Social perceptiveness

    73% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  2. Active listening

    68% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  3. Reading comprehension

    68% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  4. Speaking

    63% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  5. Active learning

    59% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  6. Serving others

    59% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  7. Writing

    59% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  8. Complex problem solving

    57% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  9. Critical thinking

    57% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  10. Monitoring

    57% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  11. Persuasion

    57% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  12. Judgment and decision making

    55% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  13. Learning strategies

    54% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  14. Science

    50% Skill level

    Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

  15. Instructing

    48% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  16. Time management

    48% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  17. Coordination with others

    46% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  18. Negotiation

    45% Skill level

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

  19. Management of personnel resources

    43% Skill level

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

  20. Systems analysis

    43% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Problem spotting

    71% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  2. Oral expression

    68% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  3. Deductive reasoning

    66% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  4. Inductive reasoning

    66% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  5. Written comprehension

    66% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  6. Oral comprehension

    64% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  7. Written expression

    59% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  8. Speech clarity

    52% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  9. Originality

    52% Skill level

    Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.

  10. Brainstorming

    50% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  11. Speech recognition

    50% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  12. Categorising

    48% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  13. Near vision

    48% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  14. Flexibility of closure

    46% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  15. Sorting or ordering

    46% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  16. Selective attention

    43% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  17. Speed of recognition

    39% Skill level

    Quickly make sense of and organize things you can see like letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  18. Far vision

    34% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  19. Memorization

    34% Skill level

    Remember things like words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.

  20. Multitasking

    34% Skill level

    Do two or more things at the same time.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Helping and caring for others

    88% Skill level

    Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.

  2. Assessing and evaluating things

    87% Skill level

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  3. Building good relationships

    84% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  4. Researching and investigating

    82% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  5. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    80% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  6. Looking for changes over time

    78% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  7. Monitoring people, processes and things

    78% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  8. Making decisions and solving problems

    72% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  9. Negotiating and resolving conflicts

    71% Skill level

    Handling complaints and disagreements, and negotiating with people.

  10. Coaching and developing others

    71% Skill level

    Working out the needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or helping them to improve.

  11. Collecting and organising information

    69% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  12. Explaining things to people

    68% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  13. Documenting or recording information

    67% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  14. Checking compliance with standards

    65% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  15. Thinking creatively

    65% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  16. Making sense of information and ideas

    64% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  17. Coming up with systems and processes

    63% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and figuring out what you need to do to achieve them.

  18. Working with the public

    62% Skill level

    Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.

  19. Training and teaching others

    59% Skill level

    Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.

  20. Working with computers

    50% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 19-3031.02 - Clinical Psychologists.

Work Environment

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Face-to-face discussions

    100% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  2. Indoors, heat controlled

    99% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  3. Telephone

    98% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  4. Freedom to make decisions

    96% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  5. Unstructured work

    95% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  6. Spend time sitting

    93% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  7. Frequent decision making

    92% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  8. Contact with people

    92% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  9. Impact of decisions

    87% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  10. Letters and memos

    84% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  11. Electronic mail

    83% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  12. Contact with the public

    83% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  13. Being exact or accurate

    79% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  14. Consequence of error

    77% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

  15. Time pressure

    72% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  16. Physically close to people

    70% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  17. Conflict situations

    67% Important

    Deal with conflict or disagreements.

  18. Disease or infection

    65% Important

    Be exposed to disease or infections.

  19. Teamwork

    64% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  20. Angry or unpleasant people

    64% Important

    Deal with unpleasant, angry, or rude people.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Relationships

    95% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  2. Independence

    86% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  3. Achievement

    81% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  4. Working conditions

    79% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  5. Recognition

    76% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

  6. Support

    43% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Analytical

    95% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  2. Helping

    86% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  3. Creative

    71% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  4. Enterprising

    38% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  5. Administrative

    24% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  6. Practical

    24% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 19-3031.02 - Clinical Psychologists.

All Psychologists and Psychotherapists

  • $1,857 Weekly Pay
  • Very strong Future Growth
  • 26,800 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 52% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 44 years Average age
  • 80% female Gender Share

Psychologists and Psychotherapists investigate, assess and provide treatment and counselling to foster optimal personal, social, educational and occupational adjustment and development.

A postgraduate degree in psychology and a period of supervised practice is needed to work as a Psychologist. While Psychotherapist generally need a bachelor degree in psychotherapy.

Tasks
  • collecting data about clients and assessing their cognitive, behavioural and emotional disorders
  • administering and interpreting diagnostic tests and formulating plans for treatment
  • developing, administering and evaluating individual and group treatment programs
  • consulting with other professionals on details of cases and treatment plans
  • conducting research studies of motivation in learning, group performance and individual differences in mental abilities and educational performance
  • collecting data and analysing characteristics of students and recommending educational programs
  • formulating achievement, diagnostic and predictive tests for use by teachers in planning methods and content of instruction
  • developing interview techniques, psychological tests and other aids in workplace selection, placement, appraisal and promotion
  • conducting surveys and research studies on job design, work groups, morale, motivation, supervision and management
  • performing job analyses and establishing job requirements by observing and interviewing employees and managers

A postgraduate degree in psychology and a period of supervised practice is needed to work as a Psychologist. While Psychotherapist generally need a bachelor degree in psychotherapy.

Registration with the Psychology Board of Australia is required.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.

Employers look for Psychologists who are caring, compassionate, empathetic and work well in a team.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Therapy and counselling

    97% Skill level

    Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.

  2. Psychology

    96% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  3. Customer and personal service

    77% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  4. English language

    74% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  5. Education and training

    66% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  6. Personnel and human resources

    56% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  7. Sociology and anthropology

    53% Skill level

    Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

  8. Philosophy and theology

    51% Skill level

    Philosophical systems and religions, including their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and impact on society.

  9. Computers and electronics

    49% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  10. Law and government

    47% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  11. Mathematics

    47% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  12. Administration and management

    45% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  13. Public safety and security

    43% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  14. Medicine and dentistry

    41% Skill level

    Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.

  15. Clerical

    36% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  16. Communications and media

    32% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  17. Biology

    31% Skill level

    Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

  18. Chemistry

    21% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  19. History and archeology

    17% Skill level

    Events of the past, their causes, how we learn about them, and how they influence the way we live today.

  20. Telecommunications

    11% Skill level

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Social perceptiveness

    73% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  2. Active listening

    68% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  3. Reading comprehension

    68% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  4. Speaking

    63% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  5. Active learning

    59% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  6. Serving others

    59% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  7. Writing

    59% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  8. Complex problem solving

    57% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  9. Critical thinking

    57% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  10. Monitoring

    57% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  11. Persuasion

    57% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  12. Judgment and decision making

    55% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  13. Learning strategies

    54% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  14. Science

    50% Skill level

    Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

  15. Instructing

    48% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  16. Time management

    48% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  17. Coordination with others

    46% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  18. Negotiation

    45% Skill level

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

  19. Management of personnel resources

    43% Skill level

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

  20. Systems analysis

    43% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Problem spotting

    71% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  2. Oral expression

    68% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  3. Deductive reasoning

    66% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  4. Inductive reasoning

    66% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  5. Written comprehension

    66% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  6. Oral comprehension

    64% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  7. Written expression

    59% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  8. Speech clarity

    52% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  9. Originality

    52% Skill level

    Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.

  10. Brainstorming

    50% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  11. Speech recognition

    50% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  12. Categorising

    48% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  13. Near vision

    48% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  14. Flexibility of closure

    46% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  15. Sorting or ordering

    46% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  16. Selective attention

    43% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  17. Speed of recognition

    39% Skill level

    Quickly make sense of and organize things you can see like letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  18. Far vision

    34% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  19. Memorization

    34% Skill level

    Remember things like words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.

  20. Multitasking

    34% Skill level

    Do two or more things at the same time.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Helping and caring for others

    88% Skill level

    Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.

  2. Assessing and evaluating things

    87% Skill level

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  3. Building good relationships

    84% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  4. Researching and investigating

    82% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  5. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    80% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  6. Looking for changes over time

    78% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  7. Monitoring people, processes and things

    78% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  8. Making decisions and solving problems

    72% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  9. Negotiating and resolving conflicts

    71% Skill level

    Handling complaints and disagreements, and negotiating with people.

  10. Coaching and developing others

    71% Skill level

    Working out the needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or helping them to improve.

  11. Collecting and organising information

    69% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  12. Explaining things to people

    68% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  13. Documenting or recording information

    67% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  14. Checking compliance with standards

    65% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  15. Thinking creatively

    65% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  16. Making sense of information and ideas

    64% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  17. Coming up with systems and processes

    63% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and figuring out what you need to do to achieve them.

  18. Working with the public

    62% Skill level

    Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.

  19. Training and teaching others

    59% Skill level

    Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.

  20. Working with computers

    50% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 19-3031.02 - Clinical Psychologists.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Face-to-face discussions

    100% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  2. Indoors, heat controlled

    99% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  3. Telephone

    98% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  4. Freedom to make decisions

    96% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  5. Unstructured work

    95% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  6. Spend time sitting

    93% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  7. Frequent decision making

    92% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  8. Contact with people

    92% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  9. Impact of decisions

    87% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  10. Letters and memos

    84% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  11. Electronic mail

    83% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  12. Contact with the public

    83% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  13. Being exact or accurate

    79% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  14. Consequence of error

    77% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

  15. Time pressure

    72% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  16. Physically close to people

    70% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  17. Conflict situations

    67% Important

    Deal with conflict or disagreements.

  18. Disease or infection

    65% Important

    Be exposed to disease or infections.

  19. Teamwork

    64% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  20. Angry or unpleasant people

    64% Important

    Deal with unpleasant, angry, or rude people.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Relationships

    95% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  2. Independence

    86% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  3. Achievement

    81% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  4. Working conditions

    79% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  5. Recognition

    76% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

  6. Support

    43% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Analytical

    95% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  2. Helping

    86% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  3. Creative

    71% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  4. Enterprising

    38% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  5. Administrative

    24% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  6. Practical

    24% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 19-3031.02 - Clinical Psychologists.
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