Clinical Psychologist

By: Angels Garcia 7th period


Psychologist study the human mind behavior in an effort to provide diagnosis and/or therapy for patients suffering form mental, emotional or behavioral problems.

Educational Requirments

High School Prepartion: Students interested in becoming a pyschologist concentrate on highschool courses in biology, chemistry, engilsh, foreign languages, psychology, sociology, and health occupations/medical professions education.

College Requirement: Psychologists are genreally required to obtain a Ph.D. , a Ps.D. or a Ed.S. degree in order to practice psychology. In order to specialize you must habe two years of post-doctoral study. if you have a mastor's or bachelor's degree can work under the supervision of a pyschologist as a psychologist assistant.

Intitutions where the education is offered

  • Boston College
  • California State University - Northridge
  • Columbia University
  • The University of Texas at Austin
  • Stanford University

Approximate Cost of Education

for texas if you live in state the price is $21,910

for out of state $45,260

Work Environment

Some psychologist work alone and others work as part of a healthcare team, collaborating with physicians, social workers, and others to treat illness and promote overall wellness.

Many clinical and counseling psychologists in private practice have their own offices and can set their own schedules.

Annual Salary

In state: 64,260

National: 67,880

Equipment/supplies used in the chosen career field

  • recorder
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Career Outlook

Employment of psychologists is projected to grow 12 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Job prospects should be best for those who have a doctoral degree in an applied specialty and those with a specialist or doctoral degree in school psychology.

Documented Statistic

In fact, in 2008, only 5 percent of graduates with a bachelor’s degree in psychology were working in psychology or in an occupation related to psychology.

Professional Associations

American Psychological Association(APA)

their mission is to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people's lives. They do this by:

  • Encouraging the development and application of psychology in the broadest manner.
  • Promoting research in psychology, the improvement of research methods and conditions and the application of research findings.
  • Improving the qualifications and usefulness of psychologists by establishing high standards of ethnics, conduct, education and achievement.
  • Increasing and disseminating psychological knowledge through meetings, professional contacts, reports, papers, discussions and publications.

Why I Chose This Career

I chose clinical psychology for many reasons. Starting at a young I had a sense for helping people.They would always come to me if they needed to talk because they knew I would keep their secrets and give them advice. I'd like to think that I can help people through their problems. I always try to find a positive out look on things and make the right decisions that will help me and the people around me in the long run. The human brain has interested me for a long time. How some peoples emotions take over their actions and how others have a logical and realistic solution to their problems, how the brain can repress memories that it wants to forget and how in therapy the psychologist can bring those memories back. Over all being a psychologist for me would be a way to find out more about the brain and how people tick.