Clinical Psychology Schools in Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, clinical psychologists are in high demanded. In 2011, 5,060 individuals were hired as clinical psychologists (BLS). This number is far-by the highest as compared to other states. The biggest employers of the state are Pennsylvania State University with 25,000 people, Hershey Medical Center with 9,000 people (acinet.org). The salary that these practitioners earn in this state is $56,000 per year on average, as of 2012 (simplyhired.com).

Pennsylvania is a state with people from different cultures, norms and values. People from different countries reside in this state including Germans, Irish, Italian, African, English and many others. Because of this, people are often found to have many bodily and mental problems which only clinical psychologists are able to handle. Often people face issues like mental disorders, sleeping issues, social and emotional problems of children and adolescents, cross-cultural issues and many more.

Clinical psychology schools in Pennsylvania could be looked for degrees at various levels. For instance, at the University of Pennsylvania, the Department of Psychology is the oldest and most proficient department to provide education and training to students. It offers extensive training and for this they have various programs like Clinical Training Program, Complex Scene Perception Training and Computational Neuroscience Training Grant. All the programs are accredited by the American Psychological Association.

Most of the students prefer PhD degrees, which requires dissertation as well as post-doctoral research. Typical PhD program takes 4 years, without training. Along with the training, it may take up to 5 years. You might have to complete 1 year internship accredited by APA as well. Right after completing education, graduates enter tenure positions. They are either employed in a particular industry or with the government. Some also enter academic institutions.

Related reading: Psychology careers in Pennsylvania.

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