Clinical Psychologist at a Glance

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Best States for Clinical Psychologist

in 2011
Annual Salary
Hourly Pay
Massachusetts 4,090 $78,440 $38
New Mexico 1,160 $67,760 $33
Rhode Island 590 $92,580 $45


Becoming a Clinical Psychologist

Clinical psychologists typically hold either a Ph.D. in psychology or a Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) degree. Doctoral programs in psychology are very competitive. Some require applicants hold a master's in psychology while others will accept those with a bachelor's and a major in psychology.

A Ph.D. in psychology requires candidates complete a dissertation based on their own research. Successful completion of a Psy.D. is based more on practical work and examinations as opposed to a dissertation. Doctoral candidates are usually required to complete and internship in a clinical, counseling, or other health service setting. A sampling of courses you may take in a doctoral clinical psychology program, drawn from course listings for the University of Massachusetts at Boston's Ph.D. program in clinical psychology, include the following:

  • Culture and Mental Health
  • Trauma: Psychological Response and Recovery
  • Biological Bases of Behavior
  • Qualitative Methods in Psychological Research

Psychologists must be state-licensed in order to practice. State licensing laws will vary by state, but clinical psychologists typically need to complete a doctorate in psychology, an internship, one to two years of professional experience, and pass the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) to become licensed. The Association of State and Provincial Licensing Boards provides information about licensing requirements for all states including the District of Columbia.