MS in Forensic Psychology - Careers

Find Your Niche in Forensic Psychology

Forensic psychologists work with a variety of clients in different settings. The majority of forensic psychology professionals work in the court system and private practices, while some are employed at correctional facilities, colleges and universities, hospitals, research firms and law enforcement agencies.

Upon completing your Master’s in Forensic Psychology, you’ll be prepared to pursue other graduate programs and licensing opportunities to gain the experience you need to become a licensed forensic psychologist.

Common responsibilities of a forensic psychology professional include:

  • Analyze criminal behavior and intent
  • Conduct visitation risk assessments
  • Consult with lawyers and other legal specialists
  • Evaluate mental competency of offenders
  • Investigate reports of abuse
  • Perform child custody evaluations
  • Provide psychotherapy services to crime victims
  • Research witness testimonies and jury behavior

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that “other psychologists,” which includes forensic psychologists, earned a median salary of $90,020 in 2012. Employment in this field is projected to increase 11 percent from 2012 to 2022.

The top employer of licensed forensic psychologists is the federal government and the FBI. Other employers include correctional facilities, law offices, police departments, colleges and private practices.

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