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Career Outcomes | PsyD

Clinical Psychologist

As clinical psychologists, graduates (following licensure) are prepared to provide the highest quality of mental health care to adults, children, adolescents, couples, and families. Psychologists may specialize in psychological treatment (e.g., psychotherapy), psychological assessment (e.g., neuropsychology), consultation, or applied research. They provide services in hospitals and medical centers (e.g., VA medical centers), forensic settings (e.g., Federal Bureau of Prisons), community mental health clinics, universities and schools, corporate and military settings, and private practice.

Clinic Administrators, Program Directors, and Clinical Supervisors

Psychologists serve as directors of private and public clinics in which they provide administrative leadership or direct specialized assessment or treatment programs. In addition to providing direct services to clients, psychologists supervise the clinical work of practicum students, interns, and fellows.

University Faculty

University faculty jobs include both 2-year and 4-year undergraduate colleges and universities, as well as graduate and doctoral-level programs. Psychologists with Psy.D. degrees often teach part-time in graduate psychology programs in their areas of clinical specialization.


Psychologists provide consultation to organizations to support the mission of the institution. This may involve education and training (e.g., DEI training), applied research, policy development, and individual consultation with executives and leadership teams.

Employment Potential

  • The number of jobs for Doctors of Psychology is expected to grow 21% in California *
  • The average annual wage for Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists in California is $94,910 **
  • California has the nation's highest employment demand for graduates of Psychology doctoral programs *