successful therapists vs successful lawyer. Who makes the most money?
I really wanna become a criminal defence lawyer, but at the same time more I research about it the less i wanna become one. However, I do want to become a therapist as well because i will have more time on my hands, but afraid that i wont gain as much as I do if I become a lawyer. #lawyer
PLEASE REMEMBER - money should not be the driving force of your decision. What makes YOU happy should be! Only YOU can answer that. One other thing - you can become an "Expert Witness" as a therapist working in criminal cases. Watch "Law and Order" to see what I mean!
Therapists also need to gain experience before they can build up a successful practice. Please don't rely on what you see on television regarding becoming a Forensic Psychologist. This requires a PhD (doctoral degree). They do not treat patients--they are retained on a case by case basis to render an expert opinion regarding the existence or nonexistence of a specific mental state or condition or disease and/or how it might have affected or will affect the person's behavior in the future. They will have some contact with the clients, but mostly they write reports, confer with attorneys, and sometimes testify in court.
Whether you are a treating therapist or a defense attorney, you will be taking on other people's worst problems and trying to help your patients/clients resolve them. This is a HUGE responsibility, and if you're not mentally invested in the work, neither party will benefit.
Therapists work one-on-one or in group therapy with patients. Lawyers need to work with judges, police officers, prosecutors, witnesses, investigators, and expert witnesses. They have to organize and prepare for weeks/months/years for trial. They need to know and understand the rules of court and evidence, and they need to have the ability to speak publicly with poise and confidence and think on their feet.
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