Clinical Psychologist Careers

Career Overview

Clinical Psychologists make up the largest group in psychology specialties and are mainly responsible to evaluate, diagnose, treat, and prevent mental disorders. They can specialize in specific mental disorders like depression and schizophrenia.  They can also focus on assisting patients with overcoming personal problems like overcoming grief, abuse, anxiety, or other problems. They are trained in a variety of different techniques to help their patients find relief from mental disorders and problems.

Education Requirements

Ph.D. (Doctorate Degree) in Psychology

To work as a clinical psychologist and have your own practice, a PhD. or Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) degree is required. This means completing a bachelor’s degree and possibly a master’s degree in psychology or a similar field before getting accepted into a doctoral program. Competition to get accepted into graduate doctoral programs in psychology is quite high, because there are so many people with bachelor’s degrees in psychology. A doctorate degree in psychology generally takes about 5 years of full-time attendance and is completed with a research project or dissertation.  Clinical psychologists must also generally complete an additional year or two of post-doctoral work under a supervisory psychologist.


Research Methods
Mental Diagnosis
Computer-Based Analysis
Experimental Methods
Cognitive Processes
Biological and Health Psychology

Licensing Requirements

All states have stringent licensing laws for clinical psychologists. These laws vary by state by require clinical psychologists to have a doctorate degree in psychology, an approved internship, and 1 to 2 years of professional experience Many states also require applicants to pass an examination, and some states require psychologists to do continuing education training to maintain their license. The exam is standardized and some states supplement the examination with additional oral and essay questions.

School RecommendationsCapella University
University of Phoenix
Walden University
Argosy University
Kaplan University

Employment Trends

Job Availability as of May 2008: 152,000
Projected Employment in 2018: 168,800
Average Annual Salary for Clinical Psychologists in 2008: $64,140

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Article Reference: Bureau of Labor Statistics











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