I have to be honest here. I didn’t know what does a Psychometrician before I spoke to Mikee, in fact, I did not know even such a role exist.
Hence, I’m really fortunate to be able to bring this interview here with Mikee to allow us to understand more about her chosen career and where it leads to.
So this is an educational moment for you as much as it is for me.
Thank you, Mikee for generously sharing your experiences with us. Please share with us what is a Psychometrician and what does the job entail?
A Psychometrician is a licensed professional who administer, scores and interpret objective personality tests and structured personality tests under the supervision of a licensed Psychologist. A Psychometrician also conducts preparatory intake interviews with clients for psychological intervention sessions and prepare written report for the results.
How do you become a Psychometrician? Any relevant degree you need to hold? Skillsets?
To become a Psychometrician, one should hold a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, either BS or AB. In our country, the Philippines, we need to pass the licensure examination for Psychometrician for us to become fully fledged Registered Psychometrician.
we need more people who care about mental health as much as we do
So why do you choose to work a diagnostic clinic for seafarers?
Being a Psychometrician, I have many options where I can work and practice my profession. I chose to be in a field where I cater seafarers because I believe that people who work overseas and onboard are prone to depression or psychological problems due to their working environment and Psychological service is needed to secure their welfare.
How important is your role in the medical field?
Mental health is as important as physical health so I believe that my role in the medical field is as important as other medical practitioners like nurses, medical technologist, physical therapist, etc. We may differ from what we do but we have one goal which is to help our clients achieve wellness (Physically and Mentally).
Besides working in the diagnostic clinic, where else could you have worked at as a Psychometrician?
Psychometricians can work in different work settings. We can work in a school or university, in a company or organization, in hospitals, or in a testing and behavioural institutions.
What is the career prospect of this job? And what do you see yourself doing in five years down the path?
A Psychometrician has a promising future if you know how to make use of your skills and knowledge well. Given that you can work in a variety of work settings gives this profession the flexibility a person may wish for.
For example, if you are not comfortable working with students in a school setting, then you can be a Psychometrician in a company.
Being in a mental health field is not easy since people usually take for granted their mental health.
The beauty of having this profession is that it does not limit the practitioner to one specific institution only. It gives us the freedom which setting we prefer to work in.
Maybe in five years from now, I see myself still practising in the mental health field. But also, I am planning to pursue being a licensed Psychologist after I finish my post-graduate program.
How do you find satisfaction in your work?
Being in a mental health field is not easy since people usually take for granted their mental health. However, I find it satisfying whenever a client says a simple “thank you” to me whenever I was able to help them in their personal and work problems through counselling and empathic listening during the interview sessions.
What does passion mean to you? Are you pursuing your passion aggressively?
Passion means to me as “loving the thing you do”. Everybody needs to have a specific “thing” that gives meaning to our lives. In my case, my passion is in mental health. That is why I chose to get this kind of career.
I can say that I am pursuing my passion aggressively because I fight for my advocacy and I always make it a point to educate people who lack knowledge about the importance of mental health.
If you are not a Psychometrician, what do you think you could have become?
If I’m not a Psychometrician today, I could have become a Behavioral Therapist for children with special needs.
I am pursuing my passion aggressively because I fight for my advocacy
Any last words for someone who aspires to be a Psychometrician?
Pursuing a profession in a mental health field is quite a challenge especially if you came from a third world country in which people do not see the value of mental health as much as physical health.
However, despite the challenges that you may face with this profession, at the end of the day, when you get to help your clients, it is fulfilling to know that you have touched a person’s life in ways you cannot imagine.
The world needs more mental health practitioners because of increasing numbers of suicide cases so we need more people who care about mental health as much as we do 😊
I am from the Philippines. I am a Psychology major graduate and a license Psychometrician in our country. I’ve been in my field for almost three years already.