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Psychology Degree Programs in Popular Demand

Psychology is the study of human thought processes, emotions, and behaviors. As an academic program, it is considered one of the most popular degrees that students pursue in colleges and universities across the United States. According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) website, 100,893 bachelor’s degrees and 25,051 master’s degrees were granted in 2011 alone. These figures are anticipated to continue to increase as more and more post-secondary educational institutions offer psychology programs.

The popularity of psychology degrees among college students may be directly linked to the relatively lucrative nature of the psychology profession. As of May 2010, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that psychologists earned a median annual salary of $68,640 (with the lowest 10% earning $39,000 while the top 10% getting $111,810 a year). BLS further states that within the next decade (2010 to 2020), the demand for psychologists will likely increase by 22% — a rate which is significantly faster than the average for all other professions.

Another possible reason psychology is a popular degree is that it provides a wide variety of career options for its graduates such as:

  • Counseling. Graduates may be qualified to work as career counselors, educational counselors, family/marriage counselors, grief counselors, addiction counselors, or life coaches.
  • Psychiatry. Degree holders may be qualified to work as psychiatric technicians or rehabilitation specialists for individuals suffering from behavioral disorders.
  • Case Management. Psych majors may also find career opportunities in case management which involves coordinating community services in order to help mentally afflicted people cope with their illnesses.
  • Social Services. Social services involve a lot of interaction with other people. Because of their understanding of human behavior, psych graduates may be well- suited and qualified for this type of career.
  • Sales/Marketing. Degree holders may make full use of their training in statistics, surveys, and behavioral patterns and apply them to other fields such as sales and marketing.
  • Labor management/Personnel Training. Graduates may pursue careers in the areas of labor relations, and human resource management and training.
  • Teaching. Depending on the degree levels, psych majors may be qualified to teach psychology subjects in schools or colleges.

Students may be attracted to the challenging and altruistic aspects of the field of psychology. The human mind is very complex and the idea of studying it may appeal to those looking for a constantly stimulating professional career. Others may be drawn to the humane side of psychology (which may also may be true in healthcare occupations like doctors and nurses) and want to pursue a vocation that could make a difference in other people’s lives.

Program Options

Consider the follow degree programs available for psychology:

  • Associate degree level:
    • Associate in Psychology
    • AA Applied Psychology
  • Bachelor’s degree level:
    • Bachelor of Science in Psychology (with specializations in Additions Counseling, Crisis Counseling, or Life Coaching)
    • Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology (with specializations in Child Advocacy, Clinical Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Consumer Behavior, or Organizational Psychology)
  • Master’s degree level:
    • Master of Science in Psychology (with specializations in Child and Development Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Educational Psychology, or Career Management)
  • Doctorate degree level:
    • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Psychology (with specializations in Child and Development Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Educational Psychology, or Career Management)
    • Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)

Program titles may vary from each colleges and university. Please refer to your accredited college/university of choice’s program catalog for further information Explore available accredited psychology programs nearest you - by using the search box located on the top left side of this page.


  • Bureau of Labor Statistics (http://www.bls.gov)
  • National Center for Education Statistics (http://nces.ed.gov)