Psychology Degree Profile

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The psychology degree is one of the most popular degree programs in the world, however only about one-fourth of graduates continue on to pursue a career within their field of study. Available at most universities are both the bachelor’s of arts and bachelor’s of science degrees in psychology. Psychology Degree Profile

Common Specialized Degree Programs

  • Agency Counseling
  • Applied Work Psychology
  • Art Therapy
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Community Counseling
  • Counseling Psychology
  • Educational Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Industrial Psychology
  • Music Therapy
  • Organizational Psychology
  • School Counseling
  • School Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Sports Psychology

Average Salary

Entry level $34,000 to $62,000 mid-career

Degree Programs

A bachelor's degree is required for entry-level work from a completion of between 120 and 128 credit hours depending on the university. However, most careers also require a master’s degree and a doctoral degree in a specialized area.

Best Psychology Programs
(According to U.S. News, 2005)

Stanford University
University of California Berkeley

University of Michigan Ann Arbor

Yale University
Harvard University

Recommended High School AP Classes: Psychology

Careers Obtained with Psychology Degrees

  • Administrative Assistant
  • Advertising Copywriter
  • Affirmative Action Officer
  • Agency Counselor
  • Applied Work Psychologist
  • Art Therapist
  • Camp Counselor
  • Career Counselor
  • Case Manager
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Community Counselor
  • Community Relations Officer
  • Counseling Psychologist
  • Customs Inspector
  • Daycare Center Supervisor
  • Director of Marketing
  • Director of Volunteer Service
  • Educational Psychologist
  • Forensic Psychologist
  • Guidance Counselor
  • Health Educator
  • Health Psychologist
  • Industrial Psychologist
  • Laboratory Assistant
  • Labor-Relations Specialist
  • Media Buyer
  • Music Therapist
  • Opinion/Survey Researcher
  • Organizational Psychologist
  • Political Advocate
  • Probation and Parole Officer
  • Professor
  • Psychiatric Assistant
  • Psychiatric Technician
  • Psychologist
  • Recreation Worker
  • Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Research Assistant
  • Sales Associate
  • School Counselor
  • School Psychologist
  • Social Worker
  • Sports Psychologist
  • Teacher
  • Training Specialist
  • Urban Planning Officer
  • Vocational Rehabilitation

Notable Psychology Majors Jon Stewart Psychology Major

  • Claire Danes, Actress
  • Gloria Estefan, Singer and Songwriter
  • Hugh Hefner, Publisher
  • Jerry Bruckheimer, Producer
  • Jon Stewart, Television Host
  • Jyothika Saravanan, Bollywood Actress
  • Katherine Hepburn, Actress
  • Marcia Cross, Actress
  • Monica Lewinsky, Former White House Intern
  • Natalie Portman, Actress
  • Wes Craven, Director and Writer

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