Clinical psychology is the largest subsection of psychology. Students who complete a master's degree program in clinical psychology often obtain positions as a clinical psychologist; however, there are many different specializations and careers available. Internships and fieldwork may be offered through the master's degree program, which allow students to gain hands-on experience in the field.
|Career Title||Clinical Psychologist||Health Psychologist||Neuropsychologist|
|Education requirements||Master's or doctoral degree||Doctor of Psychology degree|
|Projected Job Growth (2012-2022)*||11% for clinical, counseling and school psychologists||12% for all psychologists||11% for psychologists, other|
|Mean Salary (2013)*||$72, 710 for all clinical, counseling and school psychologists||$98, 990 for psychologists working in the scientific research and development services field||$90, 530 for other psychologists working in general medical and surgical hospitals|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Master's degree programs in clinical psychology prepare students to work in a variety of settings, from hospitals to colleges or research facilities. Master's degree holders who have studied clinical psychology may wish to work as a clinical psychologist, health psychologist or neuropsychologist.
Clinical psychologists, the largest specialty within psychology, are mainly focused on the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of mental and personality disorders. Clinical psychologists are trained in a wide variety of therapies and diagnostic techniques aimed at helping individuals with a wide variety of issues, including depression, anxiety, phobias and irrational beliefs. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), jobs for clinical, counseling and school psychologists are anticipated to grow by 11% between the years of 2012 and 2022 (www.bls.gov).
According to the BLS, clinical, counseling and school psychologists earned an average salary of $72, 710 per year in May 2013, with salary ranges extending from $39, 020 to $112, 380. Master's degree holders in clinical psychology will face keen competition for jobs because of the limited number of positions in the field that only require this degree.
Health psychology is a specialty area within psychology which focuses on how psychological, social and genetic factors influence health and illness. Since health psychology is a very research and treatment intensive field, health psychologists commonly work in a clinical or research setting. The BLS predicted that all psychologists should see a 12% job growth from 2012-2022.
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