Mental Health Careers

Mental Health careers focus on helping people overcome the emotional and psychological challenges in their lives.

Whether you are helping someone overcome the unexpected loss of a loved one, or you are helping someone win a lifelong battle against mental illness, careers in mental health can make a huge impact on people's lives.

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    Psychometrist

    Psychometrists primarily create, score and evaluate neuropsychological, psychological, personality and academic tests given to patients. Psychometrists must work under the direct supervision of a clinical psychologist or neuropsychologist.

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    Typical salary: $25,000 - $57,000 a year

    Requirements:

    • Bachelor’s degree in psychology or a related field with at least 3000 hours of testing, scoring and other administrative work under the supervision of a licensed psychologist or neuropsychologist
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    • Masters or Doctoral degree with at least 2000 hours of testing, scoring and other administrative work under the supervision of a licensed psychologist or neuropsychologist
    • Finally, you will want to complete a licensure exam to be board certified

          Click here to learn more about how to become a licensed psychometrist

          Counselor

          Counselors work with individuals and groups to promote mental and emotional wellbeing. Counselors can both evaluate and treat mental health problems using counseling and psychotherapy. Counselors can specialize in issues from family or marital problems to substance abuse.

          Recommended classes:

          • CAP 120 - Introduction to Counseling
          • PSY 370 - Interpersonal Relationships
          • PSY 315 - Personality Theory and Research

          Typical salary: $27,000 - 70,000 a year

          Requirements:

          • Bachelor’s degree in psychology or a closely related field
          • Master’s degree in counseling or related fields
          • After finishing a graduate degree, you will work on becoming licensed. Licensure requirements vary per state.

          Click here to learn more about ASU’s Master’s in Counseling program

          Click here to learn more about ASU’s Master’s in Human Systems Engineering

          Click here to find out more about the different counselor licensing requirements by state

          Clinical Psychologist

          A clinical psychologist diagnoses and treats patients with mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders.

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          Typical salary: $39,000 - 100,000 a year

          Job outlook: Expected to increase by 14% by 2026

          Requirements:
          • Bachelor’s or master’s degree in psychology or a related field
          • A doctoral degree (can be either a Ph.D. in psychology or a Doctor of Psychology degree (Psy.D.))
          • 3,000 hours of supervised training required for licensure in Arizona

          Psychiatrist

          Psychiatrists specialize in diagnosing and treating mental illness. Psychiatrists differ from psychologists in that they can prescribe medication to help treat their patients.

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          Typical salary: $71,000 - 250,000 a year

          Requirements:

          • Bachelor’s degree that will help you need medical school admissions requirements
          • A medical degree (either an M.D. or a D.O.)
          • Become licensed and board-certified

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