Clinical Psychologists

Human Services > Counseling & Mental Health Services

Projected Growth: Much faster than average

Projected Job Openings

Extensive Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Diagnose or evaluate mental and emotional disorders of individuals through observation, interview, and psychological tests, and formulate and administer programs of treatment.

Common job titles of Clinical Psychologists include:

Experience and Education

Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.

  • 61.6% said they needed a Doctoral Degree.

  • 22.15% said they needed a Post-Doctoral Training.


    Identify psychological, emotional, or behavioral issues and diagnose disorders, using information obtained from interviews, tests, records, or reference materials.

    Consult with or provide consultation to other doctors, therapists, or clinicians regarding patient care.

    Write reports on clients and maintain required paperwork.

    Discuss the treatment of problems with clients.

    Use a variety of treatment methods, such as psychotherapy, hypnosis, behavior modification, stress reduction therapy, psychodrama, or play therapy.

    Interact with clients to assist them in gaining insight, defining goals, and planning action to achieve effective personal, social, educational, or vocational development and adjustment.

    Develop and implement individual treatment plans, specifying type, frequency, intensity, and duration of therapy.

    Counsel individuals and groups regarding problems, such as stress, substance abuse, or family situations, to modify behavior or to improve personal, social, or vocational adjustment.

    Select, administer, score, and interpret psychological tests to obtain information on individuals' intelligence, achievements, interests, or personalities.

    Consult reference material, such as textbooks, manuals, or journals, to identify symptoms, make diagnoses, or develop approaches to treatment.

    Obtain and study medical, psychological, social, and family histories by interviewing individuals, couples, or families and by reviewing records.

    Evaluate the effectiveness of counseling or treatments and the accuracy and completeness of diagnoses, modifying plans or diagnoses as necessary.

    Provide occupational, educational, or other information to individuals so that they can make educational or vocational plans.

    Refer clients to other specialists, institutions, or support services as necessary.

    Observe individuals at play, in group interactions, or in other contexts to detect indications of mental deficiency, abnormal behavior, or maladjustment.

    Maintain current knowledge of relevant research.

    Develop, direct, and participate in training programs for staff and students.

    Provide psychological or administrative services and advice to private firms or community agencies regarding mental health programs or individual cases.

    Plan, supervise, and conduct psychological research and write papers describing research results.

    Plan and develop accredited psychological service programs in psychiatric centers or hospitals, in collaboration with psychiatrists and other professional staff.

    Direct, coordinate, and evaluate activities of staff and interns engaged in patient assessment and treatment.


Universal serial bus USB flash drives

Tablet computers

Personal computers

Laptop computers

Desktop computers

Biofeedback equipment


Addison Health Systems WritePad

Anasazi Software Client Data System

Athena Software Penelope Case Management

B Sharp Technologies B Care

BlackHawk Canyon Publishers PracticianWorks

Blueberry Harbor Software Clinical Record Keeper

Bluewater Management Systems BMCASE

All Technologies

BRB Software HorizonMIS

Clinivate Clinitrak

Comprehensive Affect Testing System CATS

Core Solutions Care Enterprise

DocuTrac QuicDoc

Fagerman Technologies MedLook

Health Care Software HCS INTERACTANT


JTL Enterprises MedIntake

Mdansby The PsychReport


Medical Outcome Systems eMINI Software Suite

Medicine Rules PowerSEAT 360

MICA Information Systems MICA-MED Practice Manager

MPMsoft billing

MS*Health Software/CMHC

Neuro Innovations Therapist’s Toolkit

Neurobehavioral Systems Presentation

Noldus Information Technology The Observer

Office Management Systems Mental Health Office All-in-One

Polaris Health Directions Polaris-MH

Practice Management Technologies Visual Private Office




PsyTech Solutions Epitomax

Serenic Navigator CommunityCare

Sigmund Software Sigmund

SpectraSoft AppointmentsPRO

Testing software


Trinity Software Solutions BEACON


Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.


Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.


Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.


Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.


Teaching others how to do something.

Learning Strategies

Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

Systems Analysis

Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.


Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.


Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity

Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression

Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning

Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Inductive Reasoning

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