A clinical psychologist is a psychologist with a more extensive background in psychology and puts more emphasis on experimental psychological research. A clinical psychologist is more likely to work in health care setting with patients with more severe disorders. Two commonly pursued degrees are a Ph. D. in Clinical Psychology and a Psy. D. in Clinical Psychology. Having a Ph. D. allows you to work in mental health care facilities and settings, hospitals, private practices, research, teaching, and consulting.
To gain your Ph. D. , you must have 4-5 years of graduate school, 1-2 years of internship, and possibly a postdoctoral position. Having a Psy. D. in Clinical Psychology gives less emphasis on research that a Ph. D. degree. You must have 4 years of graduate school and one year of internship. Different programs have different required courses but it is usually recommended that you take courses in: statistics, experimental methods, biological bases of behavior, personality, psychopathology, and social groups.
Admissions to clinical psychology programs are highly competitive. A Clinical Psychologist makes $80-120/hr. in a private practice. This effects your lifestyle in many ways. You need to deal with patient’s severe mental cases. You could be affected by other people’s problems. But this job can also be very rewarding. If you are able to reach out and help someone, the you fell better about yourself as well.