Employment prospects for qualified clinical psychologists are generally good, although the situation varies according to geographical region, the overall number of jobs available in each specialist area and the popularity of particular fields.
For all specialist areas, there is a relatively short promotion ladder, both within and outside the NHS. Even though the training is the same, differences in the organisational structures of the health authorities in Northern Ireland and Scotland may lead to different career progression routes and opportunities for specialisation.
Some clinical psychologists go on to work as trainers, teachers or researchers in universities. Opportunities to work abroad are limited. Further training is usually required to practise in another European country and requirements also vary from state to state in the USA and Australia.
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