Originally Posted by Duck Duck Goose
Just to clarify, stats about the APPIC match (http://www.appic.org/Match/Match-Statistics
) from the past decade or so indicate that the majority of internship applicants are from PhD programs. So the majority of psychologists are and will be PhDs, not PsyDs, for quite a while. Thanks to "their sheer numbers," PhDs are not the minority in this field.
Good point, but...
Originally Posted by KillerDiller
Consider, though, that this is only based on those who register for the APPIC match. Many of the larger PsyD programs steer students away from the match when it comes to internship. The CAPIC system is becoming the norm for PsyD-granting institutions in California, and I've heard from PsyD students in other states that only a small minority of their classmates go through the match.
I also would add that I am talking about the next 10 years. My point was largely based on the assumption that most PhD programs have remained relatively stable in keeping small class sizes. Many PsyD programs graduate 50-100 people per year, from what I have heard.
Thus, aside from non-match, non-accredited internships (which don't matter for state licensure) that are not accounted for by the numbers you provided, there is a big discrepency in rate
of growth. I guess I have not crunched the numbers, but it seems to me that in 10 years we might see a heavy proportion of PsyDs in our field if current trends continue. Probably a large enough group of people to prevent any kind of change to the meaning of a PsyD degree.