Psychology career at Veterans Affairs

Psychology career at Veterans Affairs

Mental health care is a top priority at VA. To best support Veterans and help them take charge of their mental and emotional wellbeing, we need to recruit top psychologists.

Our new Total Rewards of VA Employment Psychology Careers brochure and flyer will help us do just that. Brimming with details about the benefits of a career serving Veterans, this information package will answer all your questions about why you should choose a position as a VA psychologist.

“Being a VA psychologist is more than just job – it’s a mission to improve the lives of Veterans. And it comes with an abundance of rich rewards,” said Darren Sherrard, associate director of recruitment marketing at VA. “This brochure and flyer highlight all that we can offer, from competitive pay to versatile health insurance options.”

Total rewards of a VA career

Visit our website to download the package. Explore a VA career for yourself or share the information with your colleagues, friends and networks. The Total Rewards materials cover:

  • Competitive compensation. Licensed psychologists can earn around $170,000 in salary plus benefits, depending on education, training, licensure, certification and experience. You’ll also receive regular raises and increases.
  • Education support. We encourage our employees to continue to grow their skills and experiences through scholarships and loan repayment, free continuing education units (CEU) credits and hours, in-person and virtual training, and leadership development.
  • Insurance coverage. From liability protection to health insurance, we’ve got you covered. Choose from a variety of health plans, as well as vision, dental, group life- and long-term care insurance.
  • Generous retirement. Dental and vision benefits continue after retirement and, if you qualify, so does health insurance coverage. You’ll be more than ready for retirement with the three-tier Federal Employees Retirement System, composed of Social Security benefits, a pension and the Thrift Savings Plan, which is similar to a 401(k).
  • Work-life balance. We offer flexible schedules, telework with some positions and generous time off. As a VA psychologist, you’ll enjoy 36-49 days of paid time off, 13 sick days with no accumulation limit and 10 paid federal holidays.
  • You won’t have any employment contracts, noncompete clauses, restrictive covenants or other significant restrictions on outside work. Work anywhere in the nation, at one of more than 1,200 care sites, with one full and unrestricted U.S. license. Your VA benefits travel with you wherever you go.

You’ll also hear from other VA psychologists, offering an insider’s look at working at VA.

“Being a psychologist at VA gives you the opportunity to practice at the highest level of your degree and license while utilizing all the profession-wide competencies of a health service psychologist,” said Jeff Bates, Ph.D., associate director of associated health education in the Office of Academic Affiliations.

“Working for those who have put their lives on the line for the freedoms we have makes it easy to connect to the mission of VA.”

Work at VA

Competitive pay and generous benefits only add to the satisfaction of a career that gives back to those who have given so much to our nation. Consider taking the next step in your psychology career at VA.

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