Forensic psychologist

Male psychologist writing at desk

A day as a forensic psychologist

You work with your local Community Forensic Service, helping assess ex-offenders and providing them with psychological treatment.

Work begins at 9am, with a detailed neuropsychological assessment of an arsonist who's recently left prison. Your risk assessment demonstrates he's likely to re-offend, and you write up your findings in a report. You then work out a treatment plan for your patient, and set behavioural goals for the future.

In the afternoon, you begin work on a detailed report discussing your general psychological findings of the ex-offenders you're working with, and offer policy recommendations for the future. The people you work with can be challenging, but you enjoy helping people who can really benefit from your skills. It's also rewarding that your research may help improve government policy.