Clinical and Counseling Psychologists

risk level
Based on 539 votes
by year 2032
or $43.33 per hour
as of 2022

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Automation risk

7% (Minimal Risk)

Minimal Risk (0-20%): Occupations in this category have a low probability of being automated, as they typically demand complex problem-solving, creativity, strong interpersonal skills, and a high degree of manual dexterity. These jobs often involve intricate hand movements and precise coordination, making it difficult for machines to replicate the required tasks.

More information on what this score is, and how it is calculated is available here.

Some very important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Assisting and Caring for Others

  • Social Perceptiveness

Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Persuasion

  • Originality

  • Negotiation

User poll

18.8% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted there's a minimal chance this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 7% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Clinical and Counseling Psychologists will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


The following graph(s) are included wherever there is a substantial amount of votes to render meaningful data. These visual representations display user poll results over time, providing a significant indication of sentiment trends.

Sentiment over time (yearly)


Very fast growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Clinical and Counseling Psychologists' job openings is expected to rise 9.9% by 2032

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


Very high paid relative to other professions

In 2022, the median annual wage for 'Clinical and Counseling Psychologists' was $90,130, or $43 per hour

'Clinical and Counseling Psychologists' were paid 94.6% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $46,310

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Moderate range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 62,880 people employed as 'Clinical and Counseling Psychologists' within the United States.

This represents around < 0.001% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 2 thousand people are employed as 'Clinical and Counseling Psychologists'.

Job description

Assess, diagnose, and treat mental and emotional disorders of individuals through observation, interview, and psychological tests. Help individuals with distress or maladjustment understand their problems through their knowledge of case history, interviews with patients, and theory. Provide individual or group counseling services to assist individuals in achieving more effective personal, social, educational, and vocational development and adjustment. May design behavior modification programs and consult with medical personnel regarding the best treatment for patients.

SOC Code: 19-3033.00


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asygfeyuwa (No chance) says
Therapy usually requires talking and it's very personal so there's literally no way robots would be able to take this job
Aug 31, 2023 at 02:37 PM
Isha Patel (Low) says
i think the job need understanding if emotion and empathetic nature towards dealing with the issues of other which can not be possible with a ai or robot
Aug 08, 2023 at 08:04 PM
Kitty (No chance) says
The "talking cure" can't really be a talking cure without human interaction, the work a psychologist does is based on transference and countertransference, a machine cannot mimick such dynamic because it is fundamentally a human phenomenon.
Jun 27, 2023 at 10:38 PM
Olivia (Low) says
I don't think a robot could ever replace a human in understanding and experiencing emotions. It is one of the very few things that is uniquely human.

Therefore, because this is essential to being a psychologist, I think if AI were ever to replace humans as psychologists, they would not do the job in a similar way.

However, there may be some benefit to seeking help online, through courses, and general emotional support, etc.
Oct 10, 2022 at 03:04 PM
D (No chance) says
How can a computer talk to a human about emotions and the human experience?
Aug 22, 2022 at 06:16 PM
Daniels with an S (No chance) says
If I needed psychological help, I wouldn't want to talk to a program or machine...
Apr 24, 2022 at 11:34 PM
Ionel (Moderate) says
I think that there are some factors that stand in the way of automation, such as morals, religions, fear of losing jobs, politics, and economics.
Jan 08, 2022 at 02:07 PM
Anonimowy (No chance) says
This is impossible. Robots don't have feelings.
Dec 27, 2021 at 11:49 AM

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