USA Career Guide- Sports Psychologists
Education needed to be Sports PsychologistsEntry-level positions with a bachelor's degree are rare, usually taking the form of internships. Most positions require a master's or doctorate degree in clinical, counseling or sports psychology as well as direct training and experience in apply psychology to sports and exercise.
The American Board of Sport Psychology offers a few different professional certifications
Job Prospects of Sports Psychologists
More job opportunities now exist for sports psychologists than in the past. Most opportunities are available at colleges and universities. After obtaining some work experience, many consult with athletic teams. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the job outlook is best for sports psychologists with a doctoral degree in their specialty (www.bls.gov). Positions for potential psychologists with master's degrees are limited and candidates may face intense competition for the available jobs. Sports psychologists with master's degrees may expect to work as assistant counselors or in research positions, directly supervised by licensed psychologists. Some opt to teach at the university level, while others work directly with athletes to increase motivation and enhance performance. Other options include client counseling, scientific research and athletic consulting.
Time spent volunteering with sports teams or interning under the supervision of sport and exercise psychology professionals may also be helpful in obtaining full-time positions.
Pay of Sports PsychologistsAccording to the Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the U.S. Department of Labor, average salaries for clinical and counseling psychologists range between $41,850 and $71,880.
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