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Psychologist

Psychologists study human behaviour and thought processes. They provide therapy for patients to help them address emotional and behavioural problems and help clients work toward the maintenance and enhancement of physical, intellectual, emotional, social and interpersonal functioning.  Psychologists may specialize in applied psychology or experimental research. 


An Exciting Field of Work

In general, Psychologists:

  • Interview and assess patients using standard psychological tests
  • Diagnose behavioural, emotional and cognitive disorders
  • Counsel patients individually or in groups and provide therapy
  • Plan intervention programs and conduct program evaluation
  • Apply psychological theory and principles regarding behaviour and mental processes such as learning, memory, perception and language development
  • Conduct studies and publish research papers, educational texts and articles
  • Deliver presentations at conferences, workshops or symposia
  • Provide consultation services to government and other organizations


Personal Characteristics / Skills

  • Empathy and compassion
  • Genuine interest in helping others
  • Emotional maturity and stability
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Willingness to keep learning new approaches 


Education and Training

A bachelor degree, followed by a master’s and/or doctorate (PhD) degree in Psychology. 


Education program offered in New Brunswick

Psychology programs are offered in New Brunswick by the following educational institutions:


Length of Study / Training

8.0 - 9.0 years


Licence and certification

In New Brunswick, Psychologists must be registered with the College of Psychologists of New Brunswick.


Helpful High School Courses

  • Math
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Social Studies


Employment and Common Working Conditions

Psychologists work in a variety of settings, such as:

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Mental Health Facilities
  • Correctional Facilities
  • Private Practice
  • Rehabilitation centres
  • Community service organizations
  • Schools and universities

Psychologists generally work standard weekday office hours. However some may be required to work evenings and weekends occasionally.


Employment Prospects - very GOOD

There is a growing demand for Psychologists.