According to data from the National Center for Education Statistics, psychology is one of the most common majors for undergraduates in the U.S, with nearly 100,000 bachelor’s degrees awarded each year.
Psychology is a broad liberal arts field that covers subject matter ranging from biology to the humanities. Specializations in the field range from counseling to forensics to industrial organization. What these diverse niches have in common is a commitment to a scientific mode of inquiry that emphasizes observation, experimentation and analysis. Psychology majors can apply these skills to a wide range of careers in both the public and private sectors.
While just under half of students who complete a bachelor’s degree in psychology go on to graduate school, potentially training to work as a licensed counselor or psychologist, others go on to find work in diverse industries from sales to education. Learn more about the field of psychology, as well as related career paths, in our infographic below.
Careers in Psychology, American Psychological Association, 2011, http://www.apa.org/careers/resources/guides/careers.pdf
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists, Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, March 29, 2013, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes131161.htm
Psychologists, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics, March 29, 2012, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Life-Physical-and-Social-Science/Psychologists.htm
For a complete list of sources, please view the infographic.