Clinical Psychology Requirements
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Clinical psychology is a broad field of practice and research within the discipline of psychology. It applies psychological principles to the assessment, prevention, and rehabilitation of psychological disorders, disability, dysfunctional behaviour, and health-risk behaviour, and to the enhancement of psychological and physical well-being.
Clinical psychology includes both scientific research, focusing on the search for general principles, and clinical service, focusing on the study and care of patients, and information gathered from each of these activities influences practice and research.
In order to become a psychologist, after obtaining a bachelor's degree in psychology, one must attend graduate school and obtain a master's degree and/or doctoral degree.
Clinical Psychology Careers
The career trajectory of people with a Clinical Psychology degree appears to be focused around a few careers. The most common career that users with Clinical Psychology degrees have experience in is Clinical Psychologist, followed by Psychologist, Mental Health Counselor, Marriage Therapist, School Psychologist, Family Social Worker, Counseling Psychologist, Industrial Organizational Psychologist, Clinical Research Coordinator, and Counselor.
|Career||% of graduates||% of population||Multiple|
|Mental Health Counselor||4.4%||0.1%||41.0×|
|Family Social Worker||3.7%||0.1%||26.7×|
|Industrial Organizational Psychologist||1.5%||0.0%||78.9×|
|Clinical Research Coordinator||1.6%||0.1%||14.9×|
Clinical Psychology Salary
Clinical Psychology graduates earn on average $25k, putting them in the bottom percentile of earners with a degree.
|Percentile||Earnings after graduation ($1000s USD)|
|25th (bottom earners)||$25k|
|Median (average earners)||$25k|
|75th (top earners)||$40k|
Clinical Psychology Underemployment
Clinical Psychology graduates are not very well employed compared to other graduates. We have collected data on three types of underemployment. Part-time refers to work that is less than 30 hours per week. Non-college refers to work that does not require a college degree. Low-paying includes a list of low-wage service jobs such as janitorial work, serving, or dishwashing.
|Employment Type||Proportion of graduates|
|Jobs that don't require college||47%|