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Clinical Psychologists - 19-3031.02

O*NET-SOC Description

Diagnose or evaluate mental and emotional disorders of individuals through observation, interview, and psychological tests, and formulate and administer programs of treatment.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Child Psychologist
  • Clinical Director
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Clinical Therapist
  • Forensic Psychologist
  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist
  • Licensed Psychologist
  • Licensed Psychologist Manager
  • Pediatric Psychologist
  • Psychologist

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Consult reference material, such as textbooks, manuals, or journals, to identify symptoms, make diagnoses, or develop approaches to treatment.
  • Consult with or provide consultation to other doctors, therapists, or clinicians regarding patient care.
  • Counsel individuals and groups regarding problems, such as stress, substance abuse, or family situations, to modify behavior or to improve personal, social, or vocational adjustment.
  • Develop and implement individual treatment plans, specifying type, frequency, intensity, and duration of therapy.
  • Develop, direct, and participate in training programs for staff and students.
  • Direct, coordinate, and evaluate activities of staff and interns engaged in patient assessment and treatment.
  • Discuss the treatment of problems with clients.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of counseling or treatments and the accuracy and completeness of diagnoses, modifying plans or diagnoses as necessary.
  • Identify psychological, emotional, or behavioral issues and diagnose disorders, using information obtained from interviews, tests, records, or reference materials.
  • Interact with clients to assist them in gaining insight, defining goals, and planning action to achieve effective personal, social, educational, or vocational development and adjustment.
  • Maintain current knowledge of relevant research.
  • Observe individuals at play, in group interactions, or in other contexts to detect indications of mental deficiency, abnormal behavior, or maladjustment.
  • Obtain and study medical, psychological, social, and family histories by interviewing individuals, couples, or families and by reviewing records.
  • Plan and develop accredited psychological service programs in psychiatric centers or hospitals, in collaboration with psychiatrists and other professional staff.
  • Plan, supervise, and conduct psychological research and write papers describing research results.
  • Provide occupational, educational, or other information to individuals so that they can make educational or vocational plans.
  • Provide psychological or administrative services and advice to private firms or community agencies regarding mental health programs or individual cases.
  • Refer clients to other specialists, institutions, or support services as necessary.
  • Select, administer, score, and interpret psychological tests to obtain information on individuals' intelligence, achievements, interests, or personalities.
  • Use a variety of treatment methods, such as psychotherapy, hypnosis, behavior modification, stress reduction therapy, psychodrama, or play therapy.
  • Write reports on clients and maintain required paperwork.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Administer standardized physical or psychological tests.
  • Advise others on healthcare matters.
  • Collect archival data.
  • Collect information from people through observation, interviews, or surveys.
  • Confer with clients to exchange information.
  • Counsel clients on mental health or personal achievement.
  • Design psychological or educational treatment procedures or programs.
  • Develop educational programs.
  • Diagnose neural or psychological disorders.
  • Direct medical science or healthcare programs.
  • Plan social sciences research.
  • Prepare scientific or technical reports or presentations.
  • Review professional literature to maintain professional knowledge.
  • Supervise trainees.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Aeromedical Evacuation (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Behavioral Health Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Behavioral Sciences (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Clinical Psychologist (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Clinical Psychologist (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Clinical Psychologist, Aviation Psychologist (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Clinical Psychologist, Child and Adolescent Psychologist (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Clinical Psychologist, Clinical Neuropsychologist (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Clinical Psychologist, Health Psychologist (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Clinical Psychologist, Operational Psychologist (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Clinical Psychology (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Clinical Social Worker (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Health Services (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Laboratory Sciences (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Medical Service Corps Officer (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Mental Health Nurse (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Mental Health Service (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Mental Health Service Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Mental Health Service Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Mental Health Service Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Mental Health Service Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Mental Health Service Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Nurse Corps Officer (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Optometry (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Pharmacy (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Podiatry (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Preventive Medicine Sciences (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Psychiatric/Behavioral Health Nurse (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Psychiatrist (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Psychiatrist (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Psychiatrist, Child Psychiatry (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Psychiatrist, Forensic Psychiatry (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Research Psychology (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Social Work (Army - Commissioned Officer only)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Clinical Therapist
  • Psychologist, Chief
  • Psychologist, Developmental
  • Psychologist, Experimental