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What is the highest position in a therapist career?

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Katharine’s Answer

It all depends on how you define highest position, but I would have to say that a psychiatrist is the highest position. Not only is it the highest paying, but it also requires the most amount of school. Unlike other types of psychologists, psychiatrists have to go to med school to be able to prescribe drugs. It also depends on whether you have your own practice or work for someone else/another company. If you consider highest position to refer to the amount of control you have over your job, having your own practice would offer than more than, say, working at a hospital. If you value job stability, then working for someone else might be for you.

In short, it all depends what you want. Each career has its own pros and cons, and each role is probably the "best" in a particular way. It just comes down to which features you value most.
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Micaela’s Answer

Claudia, as a therapist with an M.A. and a license you can move up into administration with about 5-7 years of work experience. For example, as a Director of children's services, a Program Manager/Director, Clinical Lead Therapist etc. However, to obtain a C-suite position in a hospital or for an organization like a Chief Executive Officer or an Executive Director position, you really need an M.B.A. As well as about 10+ years of supervisory experience. Therapists are seen as having the key 'soft skills' to be successful. The M.B.A. would help you obtain the 'hard skills' like the skill backgrounds of organizational processes, finance, business, and marketing. As healthcare continues to evolve and push its limits, having some business background no matter what is definitely a plus.
I do hope this helps!
Good luck.
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J’s Answer

Depending upon area of speciality, such as Occupational Therapist, Family Therapist, Marriage Therapist, Physical Therapist etc this can vary and also based on the size and range of the organization one is part of. So anything from Chief Therapist to Managing Therapist etc.
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