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Psychologists include clinical and research psychologists. Clinical psychologists work with clients to help them overcome mental health challenges and build stability in their lives. They provide evaluation and/or therapy for those suffering from mental, emotional, behavioral or intellectual/learning problems. To help them in diagnosing a problem, they conduct interviews and administer tests and questionnaires. Some psychologists provide consultations to organizations, businesses, sports teams, schools or other institutions.

Salary Range: $41,890 – $121,160

Salary Notes: Psychologists typically earn an annual mean wage of 68,470 in Vermont, depending on setting, education level and experience. Clinical psychologists in private practice may earn considerably more.

Where you can study:
Bay Path University [1], Longmeadow, MA
Bennington College [2], Bennington, VT
Castleton University [3], Castleton, VT
Champlain College [4], Burlington, VT
College of Saint Joseph [5], Rutland, VT
Goddard College [6], Plainfield, VT
Green Mountain College [7], Poultney, VT
Johnson State College [8], Johnson, VT
Keene State College [9], Keene, NH
Lyndon State College [10], Lyndonville, VT
Middlebury College [11], Middlebury, VT
Northeastern University [12], Boston, MA
Norwich University [13], Northfield, VT
Saint Michael’s College [14], Colchester, VT
Salem State University [15], Salem, MA
Southern Vermont College [16], Bennington, VT
University of Bridgeport [17], Bridgeport, CT
University of Massachusetts Lowell [18], Lowell, MA
University of Vermont [19], Burlington, VT

Where you might work:
– Colleges and Universities – Correctional Facilities – Hospitals – Independent Research Facilities – Industries/Corporations – Mental Health Agencies – Private Practice – Schools

Job Outlook: In the future the demand for psychologists should be great but very competitive. Psychologists with master’s and doctoral degrees will be sought after. Employment is expected to grow much faster than average for all occupations through 2024.

Education, Licensing and Certification: In most states a Ph.D. degree is required to practice clinical psychology or hold a position as a university professor, but Vermont is one state in which master’s-prepared psychologists may practice independently. Many opportunities exist, especially in educational and organizational psychology, for master’s level psychologists. Licensing, required in any practice, is administered by the state. Prospective psychologists should study a strong, well-rounded selection of math, science and humanities subjects during high school and undergraduate studies.

Professional Organizations:
American Psychological Association [20] 800-374-2721
National Association of School Psychologists [21] 301-657-0270
National Institute of Mental Health [22] 866-615-6464
Mental Health America [23] 703-684-7722
Vermont Psychological Association [24] 802-229-5447
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) – Vermont [25] 800-639-6480