Bureau of Labor Statistics

Field of degree: Psychology

Psychology field of degree. Employment: 3,035,610. Median annual wage: $48,000.

Psychology field of degree. Employment: 3,035,610. Median annual wage: $48,000

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Table 1. Psychology degree, 2018

Data

Psychology

All fields

Employment

3,035,610 55,381,020

Median wage

$48,000 $59,000

Percent employed part time

20 15

Percent employed in occupations requiring at least a bachelor's degree

59 59

Percent with an advanced degree

49 37

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey.

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Chart 1. Types of psychology majors, 2018

Psychology majors

Major share

Psychology

92%

Counseling psychology

3

Miscellaneous psychology

2

Educational psychology

1

Industrial and organizational psychology

1

Other

1

Note: The sum of percents by major may not total 100 due to rounding.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey.

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Chart 2. Employment distribution of workers with a psychology degree, by occupational group, 2018

Occupational group

Occupational group share

Management occupations

15%

Community and social service occupations

13

Educational instruction and library occupations

13

Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations

11

Office and administrative support occupations

9

Other

40

Note: The sum of percents by major may not total 100 due to rounding.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey.

Table 2.

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Table 2. Top-employing occupations for workers with a psychology degree

Occupational Outlook Handbook profile

Percent growth, projected 2019–29

Typical entry-level education

Percent degree holders in this field, this occupation, 2018

Percent of this occupation with an advanced degree, 2018

Health specialties teachers, postsecondary

21% Doctoral or professional degree 3% 74%

Counselors, all other

13 Master's degree 2 46

Educational, guidance, and career counselors and advisors

8 Master's degree 2 60

Registered nurses

7 Bachelor's degree 2 12

Social workers, all other

5 Bachelor's degree 4 38

Elementary school teachers, except special education

4 Bachelor's degree 5 50

Lawyers

4 Doctoral or professional degree 2 93

Education administrators, kindergarten through secondary

4 Master's degree 2 55

Psychologists, all other

2 Master's degree 3 90

Personal service managers, all other; entertainment and recreation managers, except gambling; and managers, all other

-2 Bachelor's degree 3 21

Note: Occupational profiles may comprise multiple SOC occupations, which may have differing education categories.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program (projected growth, entry-level education) and U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey (degree holders, advanced degrees).

Suggested citation:

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Field of degree: Psychology,
at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/field-of-degree/psychology/psychology-field-of-degree.htm (visited November 13, 2021).

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