Clinical Psychologist

What Does A Clinical Psychologist Do?

A clinical psychologist will evaluate, diagnose, and treat mental illnesses.

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How Do I Become A Clinical Psychologist?

A doctorate in psychology is usually required to do this work. There are opportunities to do similar work with a master’s degree, but there will be more opportunities for those who have a doctorate. A doctorate may take an additional four-five years to earn after first earning a four-year bachelor’s degree, depending on the specific program. Generally, someone must obtain a doctorate to be a “psychologist”.

What is the Average Salary For A Clinical Psychologist?

High – 116,000
Median – 74,000
Low – 40,000

What Courses Should I Take To Become A Clinical Psychologist?

  • Science – As much as possible, including biology and psychology!
  • Math – As much as possible!
  • English – As much as possible!
  • Communication

What Is The Work Environment For A Clinical Psychologist?

Psychologists (in general) work in schools, mental health facilities, clinics, rehab centers, and in private practice.

What Is The Future Outlook For A Clinical Psychologist?

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist. Opportunities may be best for psychologists who provide therapy.


  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada

What Degrees Should I Consider If I Want To Be A Clinical Psychologist?