Mental Health Career Project
By: Shelbey Gibbs
Description of the occupation
Clinical Psychologists use psychological therapies and different sets of skills to help clients overcome a wide range of problems such as depression, addiction, anxiety, challenging behaviors, disorders, mental ill health and learning disabilities and much more. Clinical Psychologist work with all age groups including individuals, families, and groups and provide continuing and comprehensive mental and behavioral health care for them.
The typical working conditions of a Clinical Psychologist are usually working in a hospital,
psychiatric units, mental health centers, social services departments and much more. The environment of being a Clinical Psychologist can range from where you work and who you work with but overall Clinical Psychologists work with depressing, shocking, crazy and other types of situations. A Clinical Psychologist has to be able to meet someone where they're are, meaning if someone isn't ready to share information or is nervous talking about their problems then a Psychologist needs to respect that decision.
In order to become a Clinical Psychologist one must, get an associate degree, bachelors degree, masters degree and doctoral degree in psychology or clinical psychology. Along with more training, experience and getting a state license. The training can range from training with individuals, adults, children and families in different kinds of environments.
According to the BLS, employment of Clinical Psychology (paired with counseling and school psychologists in the data) is expected to grow by 11% between 2012 and 2022, which is as fast as the average for all other occupations.
The salary for a Clinical Psychologist depends on the location, industries, experience and more. Although Clinical Psychologist can make a sustainable living, according to the BLS, "as of May 2013, clinical, counseling and school psychologists in America earned a mean annual wage of $72,710, with the lowest-paid 10 percent earning an annual wage of $39,020 or less and the highest-paid 10 percent earning $112,380 or more."
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