Clinical Psychologist

By: Cassidy Cichon

My Career

I want to be a clinical psychologist because I enjoy helping people with there problems. I would also like to be able to make a difference in someones life. Lastly I enjoy looking into the brain and figuring out why it is the way it is and what causes us to be that way

Career Details

Education Requirements

In order to become a practicing clinical psychologist, a doctoral degree is required, either a Ph.D. or Psy.D. degree. Those possessing a Ph.D. degree in psychology can teach, research, or perform clinical counseling. Clinical psychologists who possess a Psy.D. degree are allowed to work in a clinical or counseling settings.

Skills Required

-Personal Development

-Ethical and professional Values

-Intervention

-Psychological Assessment

-Integration of Theory and Research


Job Outlook/Growth

Employment of psychologists is expected to grow 22 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than 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.

Advancement Opportunities or Related Jobs

Academic psychologists may advance in pay and position as they publish research articles. Some may become department heads. They may do consulting work or have a private practice in addition to teaching and doing research.Psychologists who work for the federal government may become department heads. Some psychologists start their own clinics or counseling firms. Industrial psychologists may start their own company after many years of experience.