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Clinical Psychologists

Also called: Clinical Psychologist, Forensic Psychologist, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Psychologist

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What they do:
Diagnose or evaluate mental and emotional disorders of individuals through observation, interview, and psychological tests, and formulate and administer programs of treatment.
On the job, you would:
  • Interact with clients to assist them in gaining insight, defining goals, and planning action to achieve effective personal, social, educational, or vocational development and adjustment.
  • Identify psychological, emotional, or behavioral issues and diagnose disorders, using information obtained from interviews, tests, records, or reference materials.
  • Use a variety of treatment methods, such as psychotherapy, hypnosis, behavior modification, stress reduction therapy, psychodrama, or play therapy.

Knowledge

Math and Science
  • psychology
Health
  • therapy and counseling
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Business
  • customer service

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
Social
  • understanding people's reactions
  • looking for ways to help people

Abilities

Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Concern for Others
  • Self Control
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Dependability
  • Analytical Thinking

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Medical software
  • Athena Software Penelope Case Management
  • Healthcare common procedure coding system HCPCS Hot Technology
Analytical or scientific software
  • Comprehensive Affect Testing System CATS
  • Noldus Information Technology The Observer
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology

Education

Education: (rated 5 of 5)
doctoral degree or
post-doctoral training
usually needed

Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$73,270
$41,830
$120,320

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