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 more than 160,000 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.
Industries and careers for psychology majors
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) notes that the field of psychology is expected to grow 14 percent through 2026 so there may be plenty of jobs when you graduate from school. Additionally, the annual mean wage for psychologists in 2016 was $94,650. If you're interested in working out of town, the following states had the highest annual mean wage in the U.S.:
- New York: $118,840
- California: $107,660
- Maryland: $101,880
- Oregon: $95,610
- Alaska: $95,270
For more information about psychology degrees or to know how to become a psychologist, check out the infographic below.
- Careers in Psychology, American Psychological Association, 2016, http://www.apa.org/careers/resources/guides/careers.pdf
- Psychologists, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Life-Physical-and-Social-Science/Psychologists.htm