Clinical Psychologist

The Brain Is Wider Than The Sky

What is a Clinical Psychologist?

Clinical psychologists treat mental illnesses, or people with psychiatric problems. About 20.9 million American adults have mental illnesses. Clinical psychologist are there to research, diagnose, and treat these profound illnesses.


Steps to becoming a Clinical Psychologist.

  • Receive a bachelors degree in clinical psychology.
NOTE: Many Clinical Psychologist minor in Social Work
  • Spend 4-6 years in graduate school
  • Get as much experience as possible to raise your salary.

A day as a Clinical Psychologist.

  • Work one-on-one with live in patients or out-care patients
  • Have therapy sessions with groups or individual patients
  • Write patient reports
  • Meet with other Psychologists to report on patients and ideas
  • Treat patients for mental illnesses
NOTE: Depending on your working conditions your day will vary.

Life as a Clinical Psychologist is very exciting.


Working Conditions

Clinical psychologists have wide ranges of places to work. Most of them work in medical settings. Some have private practices. You could work in:



  • Psychiatric Hospital/Ward
  • Private Practice
  • Prisons/Jails
  • Schools
  • Courtrooms


Clinical Psychologist's Salary

Clinical Psychologists earn an average of $87,015 annually. With up to 10 years of experiences you can earn up to $100,000.


Employment Outlook

15,900 psychologists are in the United States. The US has the highest rating of psychologist in the world however, the US has more need for psychology majors than any other country.


Pros & Cons

Pros
  1. Satisfactory of treating mentally ill patients
  2. Great Salary
  3. Wide variety of working conditions
Cons
  1. Stressful
  2. Some of the patients could be dangerous
  3. Up to 14 years of education


Mental Health Awareness

It's Time

  • 1 in 4 American adults live with mental illness.
  • Approximately 20 percent of youth ages 13 to 18 experience severe mental disorders in a given year.
  • Approximately 60 percent of adults 12, and almost one-half of youth ages 8 to 15 with a mental illness received NO mental health services in the previous year.
  • Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the U.S. (more common than homicide) and the third leading cause of death for ages 15 to 24 years.
The National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) is raising awareness on mental health.