- What do researchers do? Labour market information
- Occupational information
- Higher education research
- Research psychologist
Between 2006 and 2009, 1.5% of doctoral graduates or 210 employed doctoral graduates, are known to have been working as research psychologists six months after graduation.
Research psychologists are part of the ‘HE research' employment cluster, although some are found in research roles outside the HE sector.
Much of this research work is very similar in nature to the research work the new entrant carried out as a doctoral student, with an increased level of responsibility. As a result, most entrants into these research roles should have a good idea of the basic nature of the job and many of the key responsibilities. Clinical roles will differ more.
Professional psychologists of all kinds are likely to carry out research in addition to their applied work. Most university lecturers and teaching staff are expected to be researchers and to contribute to the body of knowledge on their subject.
Research appointments can be made within research units that employ research scientists. However, only a limited number of people are able to have careers that consist solely of research, or to gain permanent research posts. Those with doctorates in psychology and the Graduate Basis for Registration (GBR) can apply for registration as chartered psychologists and full membership of the Division for Teachers and Researchers in Psychology (DTRP)