Wages of forensic psychologists compared to other psychologists and why it's justified

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Wages of forensic psychologists compared to other psychologists and why it's justified

Post by JulieN on Mon Nov 02, 2015 5:10 pm

Many factors impact how much a psychologist will make. Obviously, the level of education is a huge factor. A psychologist with a PhD will make more than one with a master's degree as expected. The years of working experience is also a factor. A chart of these salaries and wages can be found at "careerprofiles.info/psychologist-salary-information" and also on the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics site.
Both these sources showed that forensic psychologists make more than other psychologists, excluding Industrial-Organizational psychologists. Most psychologists hold a doctorate degree, so you may be wondering why they don't all make the same salary. Forensic psychologists apply their skills to the criminal justice arena. They work in several sectors of the court system, including family, civil, and criminal courts. The clients and patients that they typically see are not there on their own free will. This makes the job more difficult because patients may resist help. Most people in forensics work as independent contractors and consultants, but according to the BLS, they are frequently employed by police departments, government agencies, prosecutors' offices, law firms, insurance companies, hospitals, and consulting firms. All these factors justify why forensic psychologists make more than other psychologists. The information used can be found at "allpsychologyschools.com".

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Re: Wages of forensic psychologists compared to other psychologists and why it's justified

Post by Tori Huston on Tue Nov 03, 2015 5:03 pm

Psychologists put in a lot of time and effort when they go to university to get their degree. The evidence above does show that forensic psychologists do quite a bit of work with criminal justice. However, is it truly fair for one to get paid more than the other even though the put in the same amount of work?

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Re: Wages of forensic psychologists compared to other psychologists and why it's justified

Post by JulieN on Wed Nov 04, 2015 8:28 pm

Tori Huston wrote:Psychologists put in a lot of time and effort when they go to university to get their degree. The evidence above does show that forensic psychologists do quite a bit of work with criminal justice. However, is it truly fair for one to get paid more than the other even though the put in the same amount of work?

Psychologists do put in the time amount of work in a university to get their degree, but the salary difference is fair because forensic psychologists have to deal with more difficult patients who resist help whereas other psychologists help patients who come willingly to get the help. This factor alone makes a day of work for a forensic psychologists more difficult than other psychologists.

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