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Career Opportunities

Career opportunities in psychology are generally related to the amount and type of formal education and specialized training completed by graduates.

By selecting the Bachelor of Science in psychology (graduate school track) in combination with appropriate second majors, minors or elective courses, graduates are prepared for acceptance into medical school or other graduate programs leading to careers in the life sciences. For graduates not intending further graduate study, careers as research methodologists in professions valuing knowledge of human behavior also are available.

With the Bachelor of Arts and appropriate supporting course work, entry-level careers in marketing and public relations, probation and parole, child care or gerontology, or mental health support staff are but a few examples of the various careers available.

Career opportunities with master's degrees in psychology are quite varied, again depending on the type and amount of specialized training graduates have to offer. Graduates of the psychology program typically acquire extensive skills in research methodology, statistics and computing applications. They are not, however, prepared for licensure upon completion of our program.

Psychologists who obtain the doctoral degree with specialized training in certain areas, including licensing, which is required for the practice of psychology, continue to find a very favorable job market that is projected to remain strong for the near future. Employment opportunities in fields like clinical and industrial/organizational psychology continue to be very favorable.

Employment opportunities for doctoral-level academic faculty should improve significantly in this century according to projections pointing to increasing college enrollments and faculty retirements.

Salary ranges vary considerably depending on factors such as the type of degree, specialized services provided and geographic locations. Entry-level annual salaries for master's-level psychologists are in the upper $20,000 to the upper $30,000 range, while annual incomes for doctoral-level psychologists, who often are licensed or have other specialized training, range from the high $30,000 to more than $70,000 annually.

For more information, contact the Department of Psychology at rhayter@sfasu.edu or 936.468.4402.