Career Satisfaction of Psychologists in Independent Practice

Steven Walfish, Georgia State University
Sarah E. Walraven, Kennesaw State University


The present study surveyed a sample of psychologists in independent practice (N = 179) regarding their level of satisfaction with this career choice, and their graduate training. If they had to do it over again, nearly three-fourths of these psychologists would once again make the same career choice. High ratings of satisfaction were found on level of success, flexibility of hours, work flexibility, intellectual stimulation, and relationships with colleagues. The lowest rating was found in satisfaction with income. Differences between individuals who would make the same career choice and those who would not, as well as for individuals who were in full-time vs. part-time independent practice, are discussed.