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How to become a Clinical Psychologist

Aspiring clinical psychologists should first earn a bachelor's degree in education, psychology, or sociology. These courses will better prepare you for a graduate degree, although some programs will accept applicants with degrees in other courses.

The next step is to get a master's degree in psychology. Many aspiring clinical psychologists also opt to earn a doctoral degree in psychology. Depending on the program, you may have to undergo a one-year internship.

How to become: Psychologist · Mental Health Technician · Psychology Associate · Clinician · Psychotherapist
These qualifications are required: Medical License · LPCC · Licensed Psychologist Credentials
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What skills help Clinical Psychologists find jobs?

  • Bilingual
  • Childcare
  • Communication skills
  • Computer literacy
  • Computer skills
  • Documentation review
  • EHR systems
  • English
  • Experience with children
  • Interviewing
  • PTSD Care
  • Report writing
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Career progression for Clinical Psychologist

Education levels for Clinical Psychologists

Based on the requirements of Clinical Psychologist job openings on Indeed in the United States within the last three years.
required level of educationpercent of job openings
Doctoral degree35.0%
Bachelor's degree34.8%
Master's degree30.2%
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Expected salary by experience

Based on resume data from Indeed users who reported working as a Clinical Psychologist in the United States within the last three years.
Years of experienceAnnual salary in USD
0 - 4$102,200
4 - 8$99,100
8 - 12$104,000
12 - 16$105,600
16 - 20$106,900
20 - 24$108,300
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Common qualifications for Clinical Psychologists

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  • certificationLPCC
  • certificationMedical License
  • certificationLicensed Psychologist Credentials
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Common questions about career advices for a Clinical Psychologist

How can clinical psychologists employ their skill in their practice?

Clinical psychologists are expected to employ their skill in their professional practice in the following area:

  • Consult with behavioral and health professionals and organizations regarding violent and suicidal tendencies and mental distress.
  • Understand the range of mental health issues and the circumstances under which they occur.
  • Assess personality and psychological test results to treat patients more effectively.
  • Research and collect data to better understand clinical psychology.
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What career paths are available to clinical psychologists?

Clinical psychologists can choose from a variety of career options. Most opt to work in private practice, setting their own schedules and working out of their own offices. They may also work in schools and universities, or clinics, hospitals, or dedicated rehabilitation facilities. Some opt to work in community and mental health centers, while others enter the academe as they gain more education and professional experience.

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