A psychometrician is someone who practices psychometric or psychological measurement. It is a branch of psychology that focuses on measurement of cognitive skill, attitude, and personality. The job entails research, statistics and psychological assessment as well as scientific methods and designs. Most psychometricians get hired wherever psychological or standardized testing is required. Research will unavoidably involve statistics and the psychometrician is expected to have a high aptitude.
Generally, a psychometrician administers, checks and interprets psychometric tests. Dr. Fabrey, AMP Senior Vice President cited the following as the major role of a psychometrician:
- Job analysis
- Development of examination specifications, standard setting, examination administration, scoring and reporting of results.
A psychometrician can build a career either in education, private sector, or the within the medical field. Attention to detail and an inquisitive attitude are highly important in this job, as it can be critical to the successful assessment of a client.
How to become a Psychometrician
If you want to become a Psychometrician, you must complete a bachelor’s degree in psychology and complete a licensure examination. However, a bachelors degree may not be sufficient to start up your career. Most companies, educational institutions, and clinics may give priority to masters and doctorate degree holders. Those taking further studies can specialize in Educational Measurement, Psychological Measurement and the like.
You may also want to join organizations that provide opportunities for professional development. These organizations often sponsor conferences and workshops necessary for license renewal.
Work Settings & Roles
If a psychometrician is working in a university, they may be involved in research, test development, analysis and validation. In schools, they may work for Guidance Office’s Testing Unit that facilitates student’s testing activities. This includes school ability tests, achievement test, career tests, and IQ tests. A psychometrician assists in the interpretation of test records. They makes use of student data to help the school administrators, teachers and parents in decision making.
In the corporate setting, a psychometrician is employed in the Human Resources Department. They are in charge of recruitment and performance appraisal. They have exclusive access to standardized tests used in recruitment. Then, the psychometrician may make recommendations in hiring decisions. They should be knowledgeable in relating the test results and the requirements of the company. On the other hand, as an HR practitioner, it is their job to implement performance appraisals. The psychometrician also makes recommendations to standardized procedures of the performance appraisal. It is their duty to oversee standard performance appraisal procedures as well.
In the clinical or child development clinics, the psychometrician is involved in the assessment process. They play a major role in creating a valid and reliable psychological assessment. For instance, the psychometrician administers, scores and interprets the test battery. They should be knowledgeable of the different standardized tests to ensure that the correct tests are administered and proper etiquette is followed. They are responsible for reporting observations and take note of unusual behavior during the assessment process.
Job Outlook and Psychometrician Salary
Finding experienced psychometricians is getting difficult, which is leading to high demand. In an article published by the Occupational Outlook Quarterly (Fall 2011), salary range for psychometrician is from $50,000 to $100, 000. This is duly given to professionals who are highly experienced and with excellent credentials. According to Herszenhorn of NY Times, nearly all testing agencies and government agencies have open positions for psychometricians. Based on data released by the College Foundation of North Carolina, the demand for psychometricians from 2008 to 2018 is projected to increase by 26.3 percent.
Specializing & Related Roles
A psychometrician does not always remain simply an employee. There is great business opportunity for them. Once a particular test is developed, proven to be reliable and valid, they can have it published under their name. Thus, royalty and other applicable fees are possible sources of income. In other areas, a psychometrician serves as a consultant in planning and designing a testing program for a particular institution or company. The job tends to be demanding because updating of skills is required. But, learning is always an investment. The more expertise you gain, greater opportunities follow.
- Reference & Data Information Provided by the Following:
- Herszenhorn, D. M. (2006). As test-taking grows, test-makers grow rarer.The New York Times, A1.