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Psychology Careers:
Advice from a Psychologist About How to Pursue One

Psychology degree popularity

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the most common bachelor's degrees conferred in 2011-2012 (the most recent data available), are in the following fields:

  • Business (366,000 bachelor degrees)
  • Social Sciences/History (178,000)
  • Psychology (108,000)
  • Education (105,000)

One of the reasons why psychology is such a common major is because people are so fascinating, and we like to try and figure them out!

The popularity of the undergraduate psychology degree creates a dilemma for people who want to pursue this field as a profession. Future psychologists need to differentiate or separate themselves from the pack, which means graduate school. You MIGHT be able to get a job with a Master's Degree but you'll have more secure employment by getting the Ph.D., which will take a long time.

What can you do with a psychology degree?

A degree in psychology can help you in everyday life, understanding why people behave the way they do and how to successfully interact with them.

It can be a direct job requirement for some career fields, such as:

  • Counseling/Therapy/Clinical
  • Mental Health
  • School Psychologists
  • Community Relations
  • Research/Experimentation
  • Human Resources
  • Industrial Psychology

It can be indirectly beneficial for people in career fields such as:

  • Sales
  • Customer Service
  • Labor Relations

Future projections for psychology careers

Currently, the psychology career field projected to grow the most rapidly is Industrial Organizational Psychologists (my field)!

In contrast, other psychology-related career fields are expected to stay steady or grow at the same rate as most other professions: Clinical Psychologists, School Psychologists, Experimental Psychologists, Counselors, etc.

Most/least common psychology careers

Government statistics show the number of psychologists in two large categories/fields:

  • Clinical/Counseling (67,000)
  • School (37,000)
  • Industrial (1,040)

The bottom line

A career in psychology can be great, but be willing to go to school for a long time since you�¢??ll probably need to receive a Ph.D. in order to have good employment prospects. The industrial/organizational field of psychology is the hottest right now (in terms of growth) but the other fields of psychology are generally bigger (clinical/counseling or school psychology).

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POSTED: 7-12-2015 at 2:51 PM (EDT)

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