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Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary Go Back to List
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.
 Tools & Technology
 Tools used in this occupation:
 
  • Stereo or dissecting light microscopes
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  • Binocular light compound microscopes
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  • Scanning electron microscopes
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  • Transmission electron microscopes
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  • Scanning light or spinning disk or laser scanning microscopes
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  • Analytical or scientific software
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  • Computer based training software
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  • Word processing software
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  • Electronic mail software
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  • Data base user interface and query software
  •  Tasks
     
  • Prepare and deliver lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as abnormal psychology, cognitive processes, and work motivation.
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  • Evaluate and grade students' class work, laboratory work, assignments, and papers.
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  • Initiate, facilitate, and moderate classroom discussions.
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  • Compile, administer, and grade examinations, or assign this work to others.
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  • Keep abreast of developments in the field by reading current literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences.
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  • Prepare course materials, such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.
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  • Plan, evaluate, and revise curricula, course content, course materials, and methods of instruction.
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  • Maintain student attendance records, grades, and other required records.
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  • Supervise undergraduate or graduate teaching, internship, and research work.
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  • Maintain regularly scheduled office hours to advise and assist students.
  •  Skills
     
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
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  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
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  • 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.
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  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
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  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
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  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
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  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
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  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
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  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  •  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.
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  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • Sociology and Anthropology - Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
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  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
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  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
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  • 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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  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
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  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
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      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.
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     Wage Information
     
    Region Average Entry Level  Mid-Range 
    Annual  Hourly 
    Statewide $87,522.00 N/A  N/A  N/A - N/A 
    Bridgeport/Stamford $95,563.00 N/A  N/A  N/A - N/A 
    Hartford $79,502.00 N/A  N/A  N/A - N/A 
    New Haven $104,788.00 N/A  N/A  N/A - N/A 
     Occupation Outlook ( 2014 - 2024 )
    Average Annual Job Openings:   17
      Employment in this occupation is expected to grow much faster than average, and the number of annual openings will offer good or favorable job opportunities.
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