Clinical Psychology

Clinical psychology is one of the largest subsets in the field of psychology. Clinical psychologists assess, diagnose and treat mental illnesses and disorders.

As with other forms of psychology, clinical psychologists strive to understand and treat the human psyche, treat mental health issues, enhance the performance of the human brain and teach self-help therapy to patients to help them improve their daily health and living. They focus on counseling and therapy options for treating mental health disorders.

Candidates have the option of earning a doctorate degree or a doctor of psychology degree in order to work as a clinical psychologist. A licensing test also must be passed before clinical psychologists can practice in the field.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts demand for clinical psychologists will grow by 24 percent over the next decade. The average annual salary of a clinical psychologist is $67,880.

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