A psychology degree can open the door to many exciting careers, depending on the level of degree you earn: bachelor's degree, master's degree, or doctorate. In addition, job opportunities and salaries can be excellent, depending on various factors.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) "Occupational Outlook Handbook," job growth for psychologists is expected to increase by about 12% through 2022, slightly above the average growth rate predicted for all occupations (11%). The BLS also reports that industrial-organizational psychologists top the list of the 20 fastest growing occupations, with a growth rate of 53% projected between 2012 and 2022.
The need for psychological services in hospitals, schools, private businesses, social service agencies, and mental health centers is expected to drive this growth. Many of these opportunities will require a doctoral degree. But even without an advanced degree, a degree in psychology can lead to many other careers.
A bachelor's degree in psychology can give you an understanding of human learning, emotions, and behaviors. It can also help you develop a wide range of skills in research, writing, problem solving, and synthesizing and evaluating information. Although you will need an advanced degree to become a licensed psychologist, a bachelor's degree in psychology can prepare you for many other careers, including:
A master's degree in psychology can be the gateway to many interesting fields of work. It will give you a broad introduction to the field of psychology then help you focus on a particular field. Graduates often pursue positions in mental health care, human services, or health care organizations. Still others use this degree to prepare for doctoral studies in a particular area of interest. A master's degree alone won't make you a licensed psychologist, but it can lead to other career options, including:
To become a licensed psychologist, you will need to complete the required degree for licensure, which is typically a Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) or Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD). The type of doctoral degree you choose will depend largely on your career goals.
The PsyD is a professional degree and focuses more on practice and clinical work. The PhD places more emphasis on experimental methods and research. A PsyD prepares you for a career as a practicing psychologist. A PhD produces psychologists who can understand and apply research as well as conduct it. Job titles can include:
Capella University's psychology degree programs are closely aligned to professional standards to ensure you gain the same skills and knowledge as the top performers in your field. We continually review and adapt our programs to deliver skills you can immediately use. Our degree programs include:
Learn more about potential job opportunities with a psychology degree by viewing "Career Outcomes & Job Titles" for specific degree programs.
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