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Psychologists, or clinical psychologists, evaluate, diagnose and treat individuals with mental and/or emotional disorders and assist medical or surgical patients in coping with illness or injury. Psychologists may also specialize in different areas.

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Work Activities/Environment
Psychologists work in hospitals, clinics, schools, prisons, rehabilitation centers, and mental health facilities as well as in government or private industry. They diagnose and treat psychological disorders following interviews and observations of a patient’s activities. They may consult with psychiatrists to develop treatment programs for patients. They are trained to perform various psychological tests to diagnose mental or emotional disorders and plan and implement appropriate treatment(s).

Academic/Special Requirements
Students must obtain a master's and a doctoral degree to practice as a clinical psychologist. Students with a bachelor's degree in psychology can assist psychologists or work in the mental health profession, however their opportunities are more limited. There are two types of doctoral degrees – a Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy) and a Psy.D. (Doctor of Psychology). Psychologists with a Ph.D. generally qualify for a number of teaching, research, clinical or counseling positions, while those with a Psy.D. often work in clinical positions. At least 2 years of study are required to earn a master's degree in psychology, while 5 to 7 years of graduate study are needed for a doctoral degree. Upon earning an advanced degree from an accredited school, students must meet proper certification requirements which may include completing an internship and passing an examination.

State Licensing Information:

Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards
PO Box 241245
Montgomery, AL 36124-1245

Educational Institutions
Alverno College
Beloit College
Cardinal Stritch University
Carroll University
Carthage College
Concordia University
Edgewood College
Lakeland College
Lawrence University
Marian University
Marquette University
Northland College
Rasmussen College - Appleton Campus
Rasmussen College - Green Bay Campus
Ripon College
Silver Lake College
St. Norbert College
University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
University of Wisconsin - Fond du Lac
University of Wisconsin - Green Bay
University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
University of Wisconsin - Madison
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh
University of Wisconsin - Parkside
University of Wisconsin - Platteville
University of Wisconsin - River Falls
University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point
University of Wisconsin - Stout
University of Wisconsin - Superior
University of Wisconsin - Whitewater
Upper Iowa University - Blackhawk Center
Upper Iowa University - Elkhorn
Upper Iowa University - Madison
Upper Iowa University - Milwaukee
Upper Iowa University - Prairie du Chien
Upper Iowa University - Wausau
Viterbo University
Wisconsin Lutheran College
Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology

Average $70,280

Professional Organizations
American Board of Professional Psychology
600 Market St., Suite 201
Chapel Hill, NC, 27516

American Psychological Association (APA)
750 First St. NE
Washington, DC, 20002-4242
202/336-5500 or 800/374-2721

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