Psychologist, Social

Psychiatric Social Worker


The tasks a Psychologist, Social is expected to perform include:

Investigating the psychological aspects of human interrelationships to gainan understanding of individual and group thought, feelings and behaviours, utilizing behavioural observation, experimentation or survey techniques

Evaluating individual and group behaviour, developing such techniques as rating scales and sampling methods to collect and measure data

Conducting surveys and polls to measure and analyze attitudes and opinions as the basis for predicting economic, political and other behaviour, using interviews, questionnaires and other techniques

Adhering to principles of statistical sampling in selecting people

Observing and analyzing the relations of individuals to religious, racial, political, occupational and other groups

Evaluating the behaviour of individuals toward one another in groups, attitudes that exist in groups and the influence of groups on individuals

Investigating the social behaviour of individuals to study such problems as the origin and nature of prejudice and stereotyping, transmission of values and attitudes in child rearing and the contribution of factors in a social environment to individual mental health and illness

Conducting experimental studies on motivation, morale and leadership

Preparing reports on findings

Knowledge of human behaviour and performance

Knowledge of the individual differences in ability, personality and interests

Skilled in conducting group guidance programmes

Skilled in interpreting the strengths and weaknesses of an individual

Knowledge of the assessment treatment of behavioural and affective disorders

Knowledge of the level of training methods to be prepared

Ability to keep updated with the latest terminologies, methodologies and concepts

Not applicable

Good communication skills

Interpersonal skills

Analytical bend of mind

Critical thinking




It is not a desk job

Need not handle a team

Local travelling is not a part of this job role

Part-time work and contractual jobs maybe available

Work from home option is not available

Working hours

Offices usually work for 5/6 days a week and 8/9hours everyday. This may vary from office to office

Shift system maybe available

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs

This job is not considered hazardous or dangerous

One may develop occupational hazards such as eye stress, mental and physical strain, joint pain, etc. if not taken care of

For freshers - INR 48,000 to INR 50,000 per month

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

The Market Trend of Education, Training & Research in India

According to IBEF, India is an important educational centre in the global education industry. India has more than 1.4 million schools and more than 35,000 higher education institutes. India has one of the largest higher education systems in the world and there is still a lot of potential for further development in the education system. India's online education market size is expected to touch US$ 40 billion by 2017. The RNCOS report titled, Booming Distance Education Market Outlook 2018 expects the distance education market in India to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of around 34 per cent from 2013-14 to 2017-18.

Employment opportunities are estimated to grow between 10 and 20%, which is faster than the average for all occupations. Opportunities are especially on the rise for those with a graduate/masters degree. The increased demand for psychological services in hospitals, schools, social service agencies, mental health centres, substance abuse treatment clinics and private companies is expected to drive the need for more trained psychologists. The growing awareness among parents and schools about how students' mental health and behavioural problems such as bullying, attention deficit disorders etc. can affect learning has increased the demand for psychologists in the past decade. A plethora of job opportunities are available in the public as well as private sector. Therefore, the career of a Psychologist, Social has a bright future in India and opportunities are only going to rise in the coming years.

Mental health/psychiatric services institutions

Hospitals and medical colleges

Rehabilitation centres

Cities and towns across India