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*Clincial psychology careers are very rewarding. First, you will have an excellent opportunity to truly make a difference in other people’s lives. Secondly, you’ll be at the forefront of scientific exploration and innovation. Thirdly, you’ll work in an industry that is both burgeoning and challenging. You’ll have no trouble finding clinical psychology careers or remaining interested in your field. Now that you’ve made up your mind to pursue clinical psychology careers, you’ll need to know exactly how to become a psychologist.
Most people begin clinical psychology careers by achieving good grades in high school and obtaining a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Students will take courses in chemistry, biology, math and writing. From there, students can then plan on beginning a doctoral program. It’s important that those interested in clinical psychology careers look for a program that is oriented more toward therapy than research. Some students continue on to pursue a Ph.D. (with an emphasis on medical philosophy) or a Psy.D. (with an emphasis on therapy). Now that you know how to become a psychologist, you need to mentally prepare yourself to spend more than four years learning and over 1,500 supervised hours or practicing before earning your independent practitioner license.