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A bachelor's degree in psychology typically takes four years to complete. At many universities, students can choose between a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree. Bachelor of Arts degrees tend to require more liberal arts general education courses, while Bachelor of Science degrees require more science general education courses. Some of the commonly required core psychology courses include general psychology, statistics, experimental psychology and personality psychology.
A bachelor's degree serves as a solid basis for further graduate study in psychology and does offer a limited selection of entry-level career options, such as case managers, psychiatric technicians, and psychosocial rehabilitation workers.
Jobs at the master's level are far more plentiful than those at the bachelor's level, which is why this is one of the most popular degree options. Career options include social services manager, drug and alcohol specialist, behavioural counselor, child protection worker and human resources manager.
A doctorate degree in psychology is required if you want to open your own private practice. In most cases you will need this level of degree if you want to teach and conduct research at the college or university level.
The career trajectory of people with a Psychology degree appears to be focused around a few careers. The most common career that users with Psychology degrees have experience in is Mental Health Counselor, followed by Clinical Research Coordinator, Psychiatric Technician, Psychiatric Aide, Animal Behavioural Specialist, Rehabilitation Counselor, Industrial Organizational Psychologist, Drug & Alcohol Counselor, Family Social Worker, and Counselor.
|Career||% of graduates||% of population||Multiple|
|Mental Health Counselor||14.5%||0.1%||132.8×|
|Clinical Research Coordinator||13.7%||0.1%||123.8×|
|Animal Behavioural Specialist||9.8%||0.0%||1013.8×|
|Industrial Organizational Psychologist||9.5%||0.0%||478.0×|
|Drug & Alcohol Counselor||9.3%||0.1%||142.6×|
|Family Social Worker||9.2%||0.1%||66.6×|
Psychology graduates earn on average $30k, putting them in the 10th percentile of earners with a degree.
|Percentile||Earnings after graduation ($1000s USD)|
|25th (bottom earners)||$21k|
|Median (average earners)||$30k|
|75th (top earners)||$40k|
Psychology graduates are highly underemployed compared to other graduates. We have collected data on three types of underemployment. Part-time refers to work that is less than 30 hours per week. Non-college refers to work that does not require a college degree. Low-paying includes a list of low-wage service jobs such as janitorial work, serving, or dishwashing.
|Employment Type||Employment potential|
|Jobs that don't require college||43%|