Psychologists, All Other

Education

Most clinical, counseling, and research psychologists need a doctoral degree. Students can complete a Ph.D. in psychology or a Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) degree. A Ph.D. in psychology is a research degree that is obtained after taking a comprehensive exam and writing a dissertation based on original research. Ph.D programs typically include courses on statistics and experimental procedures. The Psy.D. is a clinical degree and is often based on practical work and examinations rather than a dissertation. In clinical, counseling, school, or health service settings, students usually complete a 1-year internship as part of the doctoral program.

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Military Training

No initial job training is provided for officers in this occupation. Advanced courses are available in some specialties.

Certifications or Licenses

In most states, practicing psychology or using the title of “psychologist” requires licensure. In all states and the District of Columbia, psychologists who practice independently must be licensed...

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General Qualifications

Analytical skills. Psychologists must be able to examine the information they collect and draw logical conclusions from them. Communication skills. Psychologists must have strong communication skills...

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