Psychologist at a Glance

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Best States for 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 Psychologist

Clinical and counseling psychologists typically need a doctoral degree in psychology. Doctoral programs usually require that candidates complete an on-site internship, practicum, or residency in a clinical, counseling, or other health service setting. School psychologists must hold a master's, specialist, or doctoral degree in school psychology.

A Ph.D. in psychology qualifies individuals for teaching, research and clinical positions in a variety of industries. Psychologists with a Psy.D. degree typically work to provide direct mental health services in applied settings. A doctor of education or Ed.D. degree is a good option for school psychologists. Ph.D. and Psy.D. candidates usually begin their program of study with a bachelor's degree.

A sampling of classes you may take in a doctoral program in psychology, drawn from course listings for Walden University's doctor of philosophy in psychology with a clinical psychology specialization, include the following:

  • Social Psychology
  • Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis
  • Personality Assessment
  • Clinical Psychopharmacology

In most states, using the title "psychologist" requires licensure or certification and all practicing psychologists must be state-licensed or certified. State requirements can be found on the website for the Association of State and Provincial Licensing Boards. Licensure or certification for school psychologists comes from the state's department of education. State requirements for licensure or certification for school psychologists in available from the National Association of School Psychologists.