Clinical Psychologist

Natalia Szaflarski Period 7/8

My Career

I want to be a clinical psychologist because I want to help people. I want to figure out why people think the way they do. I want to be able to help them when they need it, and be able to rely on me. I love being there and caring for people so being a clinical psychologist would be one great career for me.

Career Details: Duties/Responsibilities, Average Hours/Working Schedule, Working Location, and Salary/Wage Potential

In order to be a clinical psychologist you have to be able to identify psychological emotional, or behavioral issues, and diagnose disorders. You also need to interact with the clients and help them set goals and plan to take action to achieve success, write reports on clients, evaluate the treatment you've been giving a client, and take the time to learn about the client's family.

The median wage is about $32.64 hourly, and the annual is about $67,880. Job openings around the country is estimated to be about 82,300 new clinical psychologists up to 2020.

Some working locations are actually opened right here in Chicago. There's a good handful in the area. One opened up in Addison, one in Chicago (3 miles away!), one in Hillside, and another in Joliet (just to name a few).

Typically a clinical psychologist works full-time.

Education Needed

The Education required is mainly a doctoral or professional degree. 87% of clinical psychologists have a doctoral or professional degree. 13% have at least an associate's degree, and 1% have just a master's degree. Main courses to take would be Life Sciences: Clinical Child Psychology; Clinical Psychology; Counseling Psychology; Developmental and Child Psychology; Psychology, General; School Psychology

Skills Required

Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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 as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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

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

Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

Job Outlook:

The estimated projected growth from 2010-2020 is faster than the average (20% to 28%). The estimated projected job openings from 2010-2020 is about 82,300.

Related Jobs:

Any form of psychology really. A regular psychologist, forensic psychologist, child psychologist, clinical therapist, or behavioral psychologist, etc. Ultimately psychology in general has the same basic idea, which is working on the brain. No matter what psychologist you become you will be working with the brain someway, somehow.