Monday, July 1, 2013

Psychometrician Employment Opportunity

Psychometrician

Salary/Compensation

In the Philippines, Psychometrician’s entry salary may range from P9,600 - P12,000 per month and may even go up to P15,000 per month for those highly-trained and experienced. In the U.S., the average salary of a Psychometrician is $5,200 per month.

Basic Educational Requirement

To become a Psychometrician you first need to obtain a degree in a relevant discipline. This is usually psychology or another social science, but can be management, education or statistics. By far, the largest number of professional Psychometricians begin with a first degree in psychology.

Cost of Education *

A four-year course in psychology would normally range from P10,000 - P45,000 per semester in different universities. However, the tuition fee costs less by around 10% to 40% in public colleges and universities which offer the same discipline.

Employment Opportunities

Psychometricians will be of particular interest to companies that desire to assess their workers’ productivity and overall mental state of being. Job opportunities will be best for those candidates that have a Ph.D. in psychometrics or a related field. Some may wish to start their own testing centers for companies who outsource these testing requirements. Psychometricians may also be employed in the following industries: Public Administration and Defense, Compulsory Social Security, Education, and Health and Social Work.

Prospects for Career Advancement

With additional training, education, and experience, Psychometricians can advance to other positions in human resource departments or testing organizations. Some may move into supervisory positions and others may pursue a Ph.D in Psychometrics.

Nature of Work

A Psychometrician does the selection and evaluation of people who apply for jobs. This is done according to the candidate's personality, aptitude, interests and abilities. He/She uses psychological measuring techniques, such as tests and questionnaires. The purpose of this is to be able to select the best candidate for a specific job. At some companies the Psychometrist is allowed to write psychological reports under the supervision of a registered psychologist.

Tasks

  • Initially determines the abilities, skills and knowledge needed to do the job and create the specifications of the test;
  • May also perform data analyses on the test results as well as conducting validity and reliability studies; and
  • Performs clinical interviews, administers and scores neuropsychological tests and monitors all data collection.

Skills and Competencies

  • Must have strong problem-solving and critical-thinking abilities;
  • Must be able to analyze large amounts of data; and
  • Must also be comfortable working with a wide variety of test subjects.

Physical Attributes and Characteristics

  • Respect the importance of confidentiality, as he/she will be dealing with employees’ personal details;
  • Able to work accurately, with good attention to detail;
  • Must be patient, tactful, diplomatic and approachable; and
  • Dedication to work.
* Based on tuition fee rates for school year 2010-2011.

Source - http://www.ble.dole.gov.ph/jobdetail/psychometrician.htm