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Clinical Psychology Ranks As One of the Best Jobs in America for 2009

By , black-rose-bielefeld.de GuideDecember 10, 2009

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According to a recent survey of 35,000 U.S. workers, clinical psychology ranks at 23 out of 50 jobs described as the best jobs in America. Some of the key reasons why clinical psychology ranks so highly include:

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One survey ranks clinical psychology as one of the best careers in American in 2009.
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  • Excellent Salaries: The median annual income for an experience clinical psychologist was $81,100. The highest reported yearly income was $172,000.

  • Great Projected Job Outlook: Job demand in clinical psychology is expected to grow by 16% through the year 2016. CNN Money reports that online classified ads seeking clinical psychologists grew by 28% between April and August of 2009.

  • Strong Quality of Life Rankings: The clinical psychologists surveyed reported excellent rankings of personal satisfaction, benefit to society, job security and future growth.

Of course, looking at statistics can never offer a full view of the many aspects of a job. If you are considering clinical psychology as a career, spend some time carefully researching your options in order to determine if this field is a good fit for your personality, needs and long-term goals. Don't let a single factor, such as projected salary, guide your decision-making process.

Instead, look at the entire career as a whole including the educational and licensing requirements, job outlook, work settings and typical job duties. As Facebook user Cassandra Adams explains in the CNNMoney.com comments section, "Getting into, paying for, and completing the PhD is a labor of love. Do NOT do it for the money...With that said, I'm doing exactly what I want to be doing and that makes it worthwhile. I love the flexibility I will have in terms of job duties and settings and hopefully, I'll spend my work hours making someone's life more fulfilling."

Careers in psychiatry aslo ranked high on the survey. Psychiatrists came in third on the list of the highest paying careers, with a median annual salary of $177,000. CNNMoney.com notes some of the advantages of psychiatry including low overhead costs and fairly low malpractice insurance rates.

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