Psychology Job Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall employment for psychology jobs is expected to grow faster than average over the next decade.  The outlooks are, of course, different depending on degree and specialty. (Additional information is available regarding psychology educational requirements.)

Psychology job opportunities will be most abundant for those psychologists holding a doctoral degree within an applied specialty, such as health, counseling or educational psychology.  Employment in academia and research is also predicted to steadily increase for Ph.D.s.

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Master’s prepared psychologists will face a somewhat more limited opportunity for jobs in psychology.  One area of expected growth is in school psychology.  A recent trend shows an increase in mental health services and student counseling.  Another area of growth is in Industrial-Organizational psychology jobs, which often times employ Master’s prepared psychologists.

For those with Bachelor’s degrees, jobs in psychology will continue to be limited, as most psychology jobs openings are for those with higher degrees.  Still, those with Bachelor’s degrees may find jobs as assistants in rehabilitation centers or with businesses as human resource personnel. So, what can you do with a psychology degree?

There are many specialty careers in psychology that are expected to grow substantially over the next several years.  The need for clinical and counseling psychology jobs is on the rise.  These psychologists are trained in helping people deal with depression and anxiety, job stress, addictions and marriage and family issues.  Employment assistant programs should also continue to grow.  With an increased rise in healthcare costs related to unhealthy lifestyles, such as obesity and sedentary lifestyles, alcoholism and smoking, more businesses will offer these assistant programs staffed with psychologists as a benefit to both the employee and the business.

The employment possibilities for Industrial-Organizational psychologists continue to grow.  These psychology careers are needed to help businesses deal with issues such as workplace diversity and discrimination policies.  Their expertise in analysis, survey design and research also helps management develop tools for statistical analysis and marketing.

Geropsychology will also continue to grow as the population ages.  These psychologists are trained to help the elderly with physical and mental changes related to growing older.


Bureau of Labor Statistics
American Psychological Association