The path leading to a doctoral degree in psychology includes a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or a Doctor of Psychology (PsyD).

Individuals interested in conducting, evaluating, and applying research should explore a PhD, while those who desire to work in clinical and practical settings should consider a PsyD.

Capella University offers a PsyD in Clinical Psychology and a PsyD in School Psychology.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) forecasts that demand for psychologists is expected to increase. Clinical psychologists are needed as the health care industry keeps up with an aging population. Similarly, as school populations continue to grow, so will the need for school psychologists. In fact, the BLS predicts that school psychology careers will offer the most opportunities within the field of psychology.

1. Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology

With a PsyD in Clinical Psychology, you will learn assessment and intervention skills to help individuals better manage their lives. You’ll also help improve quality of life for people through preventive mental health care and wellness programs.

Clinical psychologists holding a PsyD degree have job options in settings such as clinics, hospitals, mental health centers, and social services agencies.

The salary range can vary. Clinical and counseling psychologists working in an organization earn an average of $67,650 per year, while those in private practice can earn as much as $90,000 per year*.

Related job titles to explore include:

  • Clinical psychologist
  • Psychologist
  • Psychotherapist


2. Doctor of Psychology in School Psychology

The projected school population growth in the next decade is creating increased demand for school psychologists.

Beyond assessing and counseling students, a PsyD in School Psychology teaches you to use your knowledge of the education system to design learning strategies that the school psychologists you supervise can implement.

Related job titles to explore include:

  • Diagnostician
  • Program evaluator
  • School psychologist