Quick Facts: Psychologists
2021 Median Pay $81,040 per year 
$38.96 per hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation None
On-the-job Training Internship/residency
Number of Jobs, 2021 181,600
Job Outlook, 2021-31 6% (As fast as average)
Employment Change, 2021-31 11,300

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

People with bachelor degrees in psychology work in a variety of settings including business, government and healthcare and are well prepared to pursue graduate education in any of the many subdisciplines of the field of psychology or related mental health disciplines. People with graduate degrees in psychology or related fields work in higher education as researchers, teachers and consultants or work in clinical settings providing assessment, evaluation, mental health, administrative and rehabilitative services. Many work in more than one of these activities. For example, most researchers also teach, and many university teachers also provide clinical services, and some practitioners also teach or do research.

A career as a professional psychologist or related mental health professional requires either a master's or doctorate. The BS in Psychology at Aquinas College provides excellent preparation for graduate school with approximately 80% of graduates pursuing graduate training in psychology or related fields including the Master of Art in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at AQ.

On the other hand, because psychology students are trained in critical thinking, observation, and the complexities of human functioning, the BS in psychology is highly valued in many career paths. Graduates with the BS in Psychology work in business settings, human services, human resources, law enforcement, mental health and a variety of other areas. See the American Psychological Association's Guide to Careers in Psychology

 Examples of career options for bachelor-level psychology graduates include:

  • Aides in educating or caring for the emotionally disturbed or developmentally disabled
  • Aides and activity specialists in day care or respite setting for children or older adults
  • Community mental health workers
  • Computer analysts for survey research
  • Substance abuse program workers
  • Social service agency workers
  • Organization managers
  • Customer service and customer relations employees
  • Legal aides
  • Police officers, probation officers and court employees
  • Authors and editors
  • Personal trainers or image consultants

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