Psychometrics involves methods for measuring capacities like aptitude and intelligence. There are a few schools in the U.S. that offer graduate studies in psychometrics; although master's degree programs exist, most programs award a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.).
In a psychometrics doctoral program, coursework will cover statistical and psychological research skills. Heavy emphasis is placed on psychology and analytical thinking. Cultural studies and their influence on educational assessment play a large role in this program as well. These programs are designed to prepare students to evaluate educational programs at all levels of learning, along with performing other psychometric research and statistical analyses.
Most programs require the student to have a master's degree in psychology or a statistics-related degree. Some schools allow students to enter the program with only a bachelor's degree, but those programs require students to complete the general master's degree curriculum as well. Some doctoral programs require the student to complete an internship program as part of the curriculum if it was not done during a previous master's degree program. There may be some online courses available to students.
Ph.D. Programs in Psychometrics
Doctoral programs in psychometrics involve advanced study of psychological principles and factors in the measurement of psychological capacities. Courses cover subjects including:
- Modeling structural equations
- Cognitive and personality assessment studies
- Quantitative research
- Cluster and time series analysis
- Psychological and social program evaluation
Employment Outlook and Salary Info
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has no current data available for psychometricians. However, the BLS does provide information on psychologists. The BLS projects that all psychologist jobs will grow about 14%, or much faster than average, for the years 2018 through 2028. School, counseling and clinical psychologists earned a $76,990 median annual wage in 2018.
Doctoral programs in psychometrics cover advanced psychological concepts, research and analysis to prepare students for work as various kinds of psychologists and psychometricians.