Clinical Psychologists

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What do they do?

Diagnose or evaluate mental and emotional disorders of individuals through observation, interview, and psychological tests, and formulate and administer programs of treatment.

Also known as:

Behavioral Psychologist, Chief Psychologist/Director of Counseling and Self-Development, Chief, Psychology, Child and Adolescent Therapist, Child Psychologist, Clinical Director, Clinical Psychologist, Clinical Psychologist, Private Practice, Clinical Psychologist-Licensed, Clinical Therapist, Eating Disorder Specialist, Forensic Psychologist, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Private Practice, Licensed Psychologist, Licensed Psychologist Director, Licensed Psychologist Manager, Mental Health Unit Lead Psychologist, Out-Patient Therapist, Pediatric Psychologist, Psychologist, Psychologist, Private Practice, Sex Offender Treatment Professional, Staff Psychologist, Staff Psychologist PTSD Clinical Team Coordinator, Team Psychologist

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists is projected to grow 4 percent from 2018 to 2028, more slowly than average compared to all occupations.

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 4.6%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #10 in job growth rate
  • 370

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #12 in net job growth
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Typical College Majors

Majors that prepare Clinical Psychologists:

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (48.9%)
  • Master's degree (43.4%)
  • Bachelor's degree (7.7%)
  • Associate's degree (0%)
  • Some college, no degree (0%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (0%)
  • Less than high school diploma (0%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • 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.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • Therapy and Counseling - Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Counsel clients on mental health or personal achievement.
  • Diagnose neural or psychological disorders.
  • Confer with clients to exchange information.
  • Prepare scientific or technical reports or presentations.
  • Advise others on healthcare matters.
  • Collect archival data.
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