It is the responsibility of the clinical psychologist to diagnose and evaluate mental and emotional disorders in individuals. Once a diagnosis is made, he or she prescribes a course of treatment. Clinical psychologists interact heavily with their patients in numerous settings including clinics, hospitals, prisons, and mental health institutions. In order to correctly diagnose and prescribe a proper course of treatment, the clinical psychologist must interview and observe patients in different situations. He or she may also administer and interpret different types of tests – intelligence, psychological, etc. – in order to aid in the assessment.
A life in the day of a clinical psychologist may include activities such as:
- Providing individual, family, and/or group psychotherapy
- Interviewing patients and administering diagnostic tests
- Collaborating with physicians and other specialists to develop and implement treatment plan
- Helping emotionally and mentally disturbed individuals cope with and function in life
Clinical Psychologist Salary Information
The salary of a clinical psychologist averages around $63,000 per year. However, salary is dependent upon setting. For example, a clinical psychologist working in a hospital setting may earn $64,600 per year while one employed in an outpatient care center may only earn a little over $50,000 per year. Clinical psychologists’ salaries generally range anywhere from around $50,000 to $82,000 per year.
Clinical Psychologist Qualifications
In order to become a practicing clinical psychologist, a doctoral degree is required, either a Ph.D. or Psy.D. degree. Those possessing a Ph.D. degree in psychology can teach, research, or perform clinical counseling. Clinical psychologists who possess a Psy.D. degree are allowed to work in a clinical or counseling setting. Many school psychologists are required to possess a specialist degree in school psychology as well. In addition to educational requirements, clinical psychologists must also meet state licensing and certification requirements.