Watch how you sign your next check; it could determine whether or not you are convicted of a crime, should you ever commit one. Graphologists are handwriting experts who study a person's handwriting and use it to determine various things about his personality. Some graphologists work in the forensics field, while others work in fields like human resources and psychology.
A career as a graphologist in the criminal justice field can qualify you to work as a forensic examiner. The Bureau of Labor Statistics classifies all forensic examiners under the broad category of forensic science technicians. According to the bureau, forensic science technicians earned average salaries of $55,040 per year in 2010. The median salary for those in this field was $51,570, with those in the middle of the pay scale earning salaries ranging from $40,670 to $66,380. The highest-paid technicians made more than $82,990 on an annual basis.
Some businesses rely on the work of organizational or industrial psychologists to improve organizational structure and make decisions regarding personnel. Psychologists with a background in organizational psychology and graphology can use handwriting analysis to help organizations make key personnel decisions. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, organizational psychologists made average salaries of $114,040 per year. The median salary for organizational psychologists was $87,330 per year, with the middle 50 percent earning between $67,370 and $138,420 per year.
Psychologists can also make use of handwriting analysis in the assessment of patients. Although this is not a primary assessment tool that is often used, those with knowledge of graphology can make use of its insights. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, psychologists made average salaries of $86,510 per year in 2010. The median salary for all psychologists was $89,900, with the middle 50 percent earning salaries ranging from $64,710 to $106,090.
The job outlook for the field of graphology ultimately depends on the field the graphologist enters. The number of jobs for forensic science technicians is expected to grow by 20 percent from 2008 to 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The number of jobs for industrial and other psychologists is expected to grow by 12 percent, according to the bureau.
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