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:
- Mental Health
- School Psychologists
- Community Relations
- Human Resources
- Industrial Psychology
It can be indirectly beneficial for people in career fields such as:
- 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 youÃ?Â¢??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)