Clinical Psychologist

A career as a clinical psychologist calls for qualities such as being an astute and skilled listener when meeting with clients who are suffering from psychological issues but at the same time being able to remain emotionally detached objective and nonjudgmental while diagnosing a client's problem and determining the best method of treatment.

Clinical psychologists must be very aware of confidentiality issues while working with individuals families and groups to help deal with problems such as mental illness addictions or marital difficulties. As part of their evaluation of a client's psychological status clinical psychologist often elect to administer diagnostic tests. They may collaborate with other professionals such as physicians to determine the best treatment plan. Individuals who aspire to this career must devote considerable time to their education and before they have sufficient training to become therapists.

Clinical psychologists must have a Ph.D. or Psy.D. degree which takes between 5 and 7 years to earn at a university that offers a doctoral program in clinical psychology. This includes a year of internship. In order to practice they must meet state licensing and certification requirements.

Clinical psychologists work in hospitals clinics mental health institutions prisons universities and schools but some go into private practice. Those with only a 2-year Master's degree cannot be licensed as clinical psychologists and must work under a clinical psychologist with a Ph.D. or Psy.D. degree.

According to the websites Buzzle.com and www.collegecrunch.orgcareers clinical psychologists' annual salaries depend upon setting and experience but typically range between $59000 and $78000 with an average of approximately $63000. However a well-established clinical psychologist can earn over $100000 a year.

Education Required: Master's Degree
Avg Salary: $79500
High Salary: $100000
Low Salary: $59000
Tasks: Diagnoses mental health issues.
Evaluates clients' psychological status.
Administers diagnostic tests.
Determines the best course of treatment for clients.
Also Called: Psychologist
Mental Health Professional
Therapist
Clinical Therapist
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