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Psychometrist

Overview: Psychometrist psychologists develop and standardize tests to be administered to the general public for measuring aptitudes, achievement, and knowledge in different subject areas. Many tests are used for selecting student admission into colleges and selecting and placement of employees in companies.
Duties: They confer with educators, psychologists and business executives to determine what fields of study and occupational areas there is a need to improve the selection of applicants for placement.

They decide whether the needs can be filled by testing the applicants or clients in areas such as personality, values, interests, aptitudes, etc. They analyze and critique existing tests.

They design new tests and questionnaire inventories by authoring the items and administering the new test to target groups for purposes of pilot evaluation.

They conduct statistical analyses of pilot evaluations of tests to establish their validity and reliability. Edit the tests and administer final version in order to develop scoring standards.

Degree(s): A.A.S. Management: Marketing Concentration 
A.A.S. Management: Real Estate-Insurance Concentration 
A.S. Business Administration (Accounting and Marketing) 
Job Outlook: Employment of psychometrists is expected to grow as fast as average through 2018 due to increased demand for psychological services in schools, hospitals, social service agencies, mental health centers, substance abuse treatment clinics, consulting firms, and private companies. Spurring demand will be the rising healthcare costs associated with unhealthy lifestyles which have made prevention and treatment more critical. Industrial-organizational psychometrists will be in demand to help to boost worker productivity and retention.
Salary Range (National Average): $33,000 to $45,000
Education Level: Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.
Additional Training/Education: A master's or a doctorate's degree is generally required for employment as a psychometrist. To provide counseling services as a practicing psychometrist, licensing is required in most states. Licensing often requires a doctorate in psychology, one to two years of work experience, and a written and oral examination.
Recommended Skills:
  • Analyzing requirements for a new product or service and creating a design to satisfy those needs.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • Bringing people together to discuss and resolve differences.
  • Being aware of the reactions of others, and understanding why they react the way they do.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Teaching others how to do something.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Doing something to contribute to the betterment of the world. Doing something for the greater good.
  • Create new ideas, programs, things, or anything else not previously developed by another person.
  • Being able to decide on how to get something done without significant direction from someone else.
  • Having a level of income that will afford you with luxuries, and which will allow you to become financially independent.
  • Gaining the respect of others by the nature and/or level of responsibility of your work.
 

* National data collected by the Department of Labor between 2008-2012.
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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.