Before practicing psychology in Vermont, individuals need at least a master's in psychology degree, 4,000 hours of experience conducted under a supervising psychologist, and a passing score on the state psychology examination. When they see all of these requirements, would-be psychologists may think that becoming a psychologist takes a great deal of time. However, many of the requirements overlap. For example, individuals nearing the end of their supervision hours can take the exam, and some supervision hours can be completed while students are still completing master's coursework. After completing these requirements, Vermont residents can seek a license to practice in the state. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012 data, the annual mean wage for clinical, counseling, and school psychologists was $58,470.
At the College of St. Joseph, individuals can earn a master's degree in clinical psychology that will prepare them to work with patients in the field of mental health. The program is designed to help students grow personally and professionally. The Council of Applied Master's Programs in Psychology certify Goddard College's master's in psychology program. Attending a program certified by this organization is required for licensure as a psychologist or counselor in Vermont. Finally, Johnson State College offers a master's in counseling degree complete with a customizable internship. Although the degree can take as many as four years to complete, students can take classes at their own pace - on evenings and weekends.