Forensic Psychologist

A relatively new and growing career at the intersection of law and psychology, a forensic psychologist applies their clinical expertise within legal and criminal investigative settings. Forensic psychologists lend their services to judges, lawyers, government agencies, or private legal practices, most often on a consultative basis. They can be hired to conduct mental competency evaluations for criminal cases or custody hearings or to assist a legal team by testifying as an expert witness.

  • Conducting clinical assessments, treatments, and evaluations for legal cases
  • Offering professional opinions for child custody and mental competency hearings regarding defendants and the elderly
  • Working with law enforcement to establish criminal profiles and behaviors
  • Testifying as expert witnesses or hired as consultants to define psychological terms or disorders for a judge or jury during trial
  • Assisting legal teams with jury selection process by using psychological methods
  • Interviewing patients and evaluating people’s competency to stand trial

As of 2016, the median salary for psychologists was $75,230 per year*

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By 2026, the job growth for psychologists is expected to grow at a rate of 14%*

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, US Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-2017 Edition, Psychologists, on the internet at: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/psychologists.htm