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MENTAL HEALTH PSYCHOLOGIST, IN-DEPTH: Key Moment Was Realizing He Could Make A Difference In A Child's Life

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Jonathan, a clinician who works in psychotherapy for the county, describes what he loves most about his job, its challenges, his "aha!" moment, and how hard it is to get a job in his industry. If you're a compassionate person then social work is a great field to enter; there is high demand and you can work in variety of places.

Degree: Social Work - Psychology
Job Title: Mental Health Psychotherapist
Employer: County

Job Summary: Psychologists, All Other

Job Description

Psychologists study mental processes and human behavior by observing, interpreting, and recording how people (and in some cases animals) relate to one another and the environment.

On-the-Job Training

Minimal.

Certification Requirement
Practicing psychology or using the title of “psychologist” requires licensure or certification.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
Confirm
$40,000 - $110,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
20 to 25 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Flexible
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Indoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Patience, Problem solving skills, Analytical skills, Written communication skills, Verbal communication skills, People skills

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