Clinical Psychologist

Rachel Conley Period 9

My Carrer...

I would love to be a Clinical Psychologist because i love helping people with their problems and I also enjoy learning about different disorders. Disorders and addictions play into Clinical Psychology. One of my favorite shows is, " My Strange Addiction".

Career Details


  • Identify psychological, emotional, or behavioral issues and diagnose disorders, using information obtained from interviews, tests, records, and reference materials.

  • Counsel individuals and groups regarding problems, such as stress, substance abuse, and family situations, to modify behavior or to improve personal, social, and vocational adjustment.

  • Write reports on clients and maintain required paperwork.

  • Use a variety of treatment methods, such as psychotherapy, hypnosis, behavior modification, stress reduction therapy, psychodrama, and play therapy.

Average Hours/Working Schedule

  • You create your own work hours if you own your own private practice

Working location(s)

  • Private Practice
  • School
  • Doctors Office

Salary/Wage Potential

  • $32.64 hourly
  • $67,880 annual

Education Needed

  • A background in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics
  • 87% have doctoral or professional degrees
  • Life Science Classes— Developmental and Child Psychology, General Psychology, etc.

Skills Required...

Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying and understanding their points.

Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Writing — Communicating effectively in writing.

Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing information to develop and evaluate options/solutions.

Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the costs and benefits of actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

Job Outlook/ Growth...

Projected Growth ( 2010-2020) ---> ( 20-28%)

Projected Job Openings ( 2010-2020) ----> 82,300

  • Most are self- employed

Advancement Opportunities or Related Jobs

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