Conduct scientific studies of behavior and brain function
Collect information through observations, interviews, surveys, and other methods
Research and identify behavioral or emotional patterns
Test for patterns that will help them better understand and predict behavior
Use their knowledge to increase understanding among individuals and groups
Observational Skills: Psychologists must be able to observe people’s facial expressions, body language and social interactions during therapy for clues to their attitudes and behavior. Observational tools psychologists use include interviews, watching for specific behaviors and administering psychological tests.
Thinking Skills: Psychologists tap into a variety of thinking skills, from analytical skills for research to problem-solving approaches during treatments.
Computer Skills: Computers are important tools in the field of psychology, so practitioners should have electronics know-how. Psychologists use laptop computers to take notes and flash drives to download large reports and client files. Software is also part of the business.