Psy.D. (Doctor of Psychology) degree

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Psy.D. (Doctor of Psychology) degree

Post by goru1 » Wed Mar 25, 2020 10:09 pm

I am asking this question for a girl in high school. How is Psy.D. (Doctor of Psychology) degree? Are there enough jobs for it? How is the pay?

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Post by SueG5123 » Thu Mar 26, 2020 7:05 am

My husband’s daughter finished her Psy.D. two years ago, received the doctorate, and is now a captain in the Air Force. The military is very desirous of such specialists and offers incentives (student loan forgiveness, bonuses, etc.) to recruit and retain. She seems happy with her choices, as are we. (Although we were both Navy!)

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Post by ICMoney » Thu Mar 26, 2020 7:20 am

First, it is important to attend an APA-accredited doctoral program regardless of the degree type. There are other options besides Psy.D. as well, look into a Ph.D. in counseling or clinical psychology. As the above poster mentioned, there is demand in the government sector as of now for military, VA and prison psychologists with good pay and benefits (could change in the future if VA healthcare model shifts to pushing care out to community providers instead of at VA facilities).

In general, the pay would depend on what she wants to do with the degree. If she has some business savvy, private practice can be a great option. Academia is not a likely option for a Psy.D., get a Ph.D. if she wants to pursue that. University counseling centers are another decent career option.

Student loan debt can also be an issue for those getting this degree. In general I would say Ph.D. programs are more likely to provide funding to lessen this burden. It isn't uncommon for Psy.D. to accrue six figures in debt just for grad school.

The student doctor/psychology forums could be another good place to ask questions. There are a lot of current Ph.D./Psy.D. students on there.

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Re: Psy.D. (Doctor of Psychology) degree

Post by birnhamwood » Thu Mar 26, 2020 1:09 pm

High school seniors and college freshmen are generally in the late adolescence growth period, still trying to figure out who they are, and psychology seems to offer some answers. But after two or three courses (and with exposure to other interesting options) most migrate on out to other majors. Perfectly normal. Best to choose a good school, IMO, and then within the next couple of years (or more) a major.

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