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Psychology Careers by Specialty

Find detailed information on the most popular psychology careers. To get started simply select a psychology related career field listed below.
Psychology Counseling Social Work Therapy
- Air Force - Career/Vocational - Army (Mental Health) - Art
- Army - Child - Child Welfare - Exercise
- Child - Child Abuse - Clinical - Existential
- Clinical - Community - Case Management - Marriage/Family
- Cognitive - Domestic Violence - Geriatric - Music
- Consumer - Gerontological - Medical - Primary
- Counseling - LPC - Mental Health
- Developmental - Marriage/Family - Policy Work
- Educational - Mental Health - Public Health
- Engineering - Military (Chaplain) - Substance Abuse
- Experimental - Military

- Forensic - Multicultural

- Geropsychology - Rehabilitation

- Health - Substance Abuse

- Industrial (I-O) - Veterans

- Media - Victims' Advocacy

- Military


- Navy Clinical


- Navy Research


- Neuropsychology


- Organizational


- Psychotherapy


- Rehabilitation


- School


- Social


- Sports



News, Articles and Current Events

The Growing Field of Positive Psychology: Happiness
Positive psychology is a relatively new branch of psychology that is growing quickly. Roughly translated, positive psychology is the scientific study of what makes life most worth living; it is the study of happiness. It studies how our actions and behaviors affect our sense of joy or satisfaction. [ read article ]
Psychologist Professor Job Among Top in U.S.
Of the many thousands of careers in the United States, psychology ranks No.10 on Money magazine's "Best Jobs in America" publication � a list published each year which features the top 50 careers throughout the nation. [ read article ]
Good News for Psychology Graduates
Despite a competitive job market qualified psychology students should have no problem finding jobs in various fields. Psychology graduates who leave school with numerous and flexible skills will be in high demand. [ read article ]
Job Outlook for Psychology Professionals
Employment opportunities for psychologists are projected to grow as fast as the average for all jobs nationwide but will be especially plentiful for those individuals possessing a graduate or doctoral degree in an applied specialty, such as health or counseling, or those with a graduate or specialist degree in school or counseling psychology. [ read article ]
Psychiatry vs. Psychology
While most of us are aware that both psychiatrists and psychologists treat people with mental health issues, many individuals struggle to differentiate the two. Explore the similarities and differences between psychiatry and psychology. [ read article ]
Career Options With a Graduate Degree in Psychology
Explore the career options available with a graduate degree in psychology and learn how an advanced degree can open the door to a large variety of career advancement opportunities. [ read article ]

Job Market by Psychology Field

The charts below provide an idea of what the job market may look like in a specific field of psychology. The data below represents job ads that appeared in the American Psychology Society Employment Bulletin over a 5 year period [Source: Matthew C. Bell and Adam S. Goodie. A comparative survey of job prospects. APS Observer, 16-18.] Although, the data may vary from year to year they provide one measure of demand in various psychology fields.
Job Ad Category # of Ads % of All Ads
General Psychology 736 13.54%
Clinical Psychology 609 11.2%
Social Psychology 553 10.17%
Cognitive Psychology 413 7.6%
Experimental Psychology 408 7.5%
Developmental Psychology 401 7.38%
Industrial-Organizational Psych. 349 6.42%
Quantitative Psychology 292 5.37%
Neuroscience-Related 246 4.52%
Health Psychology 235 4.33%
Applied Psychology 178 3.27%
Educational Psychology 159 2.92%
Physiological Psychology 135 2.48%
Sensation/Perception Psychology 113 2.08%
Behavioral/Learning Psychology 102 1.88%
Biopsychology 98 1.80%
Personality Psychology 97 1.78%
Substance Abuse 79 1.45%
Multicultural Psychology 62 1.1%
Community Psychology 47 .86%
Marriage/Family Psychology 44 .81%
Gender Psychology 41 .75%
Other Disciplines 40 74%
Total 5,437 100%

General Psychology

Psychology Discipline # of Ads % of Discipline Jobs
General (Director) 478 65
Postdoctoral 229 31
General 18 2
Research 7 1
Other 4 .5
Total 736 100

Clinical Psychology

Psychology Discipline # of Ads % of Clinical Jobs
Clinical 410 67
Counseling 73 12
Child Clinical 54 9
Mental Health 14 2.3
Abnormal 10 2
Evaluation 9 1.5
Medical 7 1.2
Clinical Neuropsychology 3 .5
Medicine 3 .5
Psychiatry 3 .5
Other 23 4
Total 609 100

Social Psychology

Psychology Discipline # of Ads % of Social Jobs
Social 380 69
Social/Personality 130 24
Emotion/Motivation 12 2
Applied Social 7 1.3
Social Cognition 7 1.3
Abuse/Violence 7 1.3
Social/Community 6 1.2
Other 4 .7
Total 553 100

Cognitive Psychology

Psychology Discipline # of Ads % of Cognitive Jobs
Cognitive 270 66
Cognition 43 11
Cog. Neuroscience 42 10
Memory 22 6
Cognitive Science 5 1.4
Other 12 3
Total 405 100

Experimental Psychology

Psychology Discipline # of Ads % of Experimental Jobs
Experimental 393 96
Experimental Psychopathology 11 2.7
Other 3 0.8
Total 407 100

Developmental Psychology

Psychology Discipline # of Ads % of Developmental Jobs
Developmental 256 64
Lifespan (Development) 33 8
Pediatric 22 5.5
Aging 17 4.3
Human Development 16 4
Lifespan 15 4
Child Development 6 1.5
Pediatric Neuropsychology 6 1.5
Social Development 5 1.2
Adolescent 5 1.2
Gerontological 4 1
Cognitive Development 3 .7
Other 13 3
Total 400 100

Industrial-Organizational (I-O) Psychology

Psychology Discipline # of Ads % of I-O Jobs
Industrial-Organizational 268 77
Social Organizational 36 10
Organizational 12 3.5
Personnel 10 3
Policy Analysis 7 2
HR Management 6 2
Industrial 5 1.5
Organizational Behavior 3 .9
Other 2 .5
Total 348 100
<3>Quantitative Psychology
Psychology Discipline # of Ads % of Quantitative Jobs
Quantitative/Methodological 138 47
Psychometrics 71 24
Quantitative 58 20
Mathematical 10 3.5
Research Design 9 3
Measurement 3 1
Other 3 1
Total 292 100

Neuroscience-Related

Psychology Discipline # of Ads % of Neuroscience Jobs
Neuropsychology 104 42
Neuroscience 55 22
Behavioral Neuroscience 44 18
Cognitive Neuropsychology 12 5
Neurobiology 10 4
Neuroethology 7 3
Neurophysiology 3 1.3
Other 11 4.5
Total 246 100

Health Psychology

Psychology Discipline # of Ads % of Health Jobs
Health 141 60
Psychopathy 38 16
Stress 12 5
Prevention 7 3
AIDS 5 2
Behavioral Medicine 4 1.8
Obesity 4 1.8
Rehabilitation 4 1.8
HIV/STD Risk Behavior 3 1.4
Other 16 7
Total 235 100

Applied Psychology

Psychology Discipline # of Ads % of Applied Jobs
Human Factors 49 28
Applied Engineering 21 12
Testing/Assessment 10 6
Forensic (clinical) 6 3.2
Program Evaluation 5 2.9
Community Ecology 4 2.4
Smoking 4 2.4
Food 4 2.4
Applied Experimental 3 1.8
Applied Research 3 1.8
Marketing 3 1.8
Judicial/Justice 3 1.8
Environmental 3 1.8
Marketing Research 3 1.8
Transportation 3 1.8
Other 28 16
Total 178 100

Educational Psychology

Psychology Discipline # of Ads % of Educational Jobs
Educational 76 48
School 63 40
Special Education 5 3
Instructional Technology 3 1.8
Other 12 7.7
Total 159 100

Physiological Psychology

Psychology Discipline # of Ads % of Physiological Jobs
Physiological 95 70
Biopsychology 18 13
Psychophysiology 15 11
Electrophysiology 4 2.5
Motor Skills 3 2.3
Other 2 1.4
Total 135 100

Perception/Sensation Psychology

Psychology Discipline # of Ads % of Jobs
Perception/Sensation 65 57
Perception 14 12
Visual Perception 8 7
Psychophysics 6 5
Audition 5 4
Sensation 3 2.6
Other 14 12
Total 115 100

Learning/Behavioral Psychology

Psychology Discipline # of Ads % of total Jobs
Learning 54 53
Motivation 18 17
Behavior Analysis 11 10
Behavioral 14 13
Other 5 4.8
Total 103 100

Biopsychology

Psychology Discipline # of Ads % of Biological Jobs
Biological 37 38
Psychobiology 28 28
Psychopharmacology 19 20
Behavioral Pharmacology 10 10
Other 3 3
Total 97 100

Personality Psychology

Psychology Discipline # of Ads % of Personality Jobs
Personality Assessment 66 69
Personality 29 30
Total 95 100

Substance Abuse

Psychology Discipline # of Ads % of total Jobs
Subtance Abuse Treatment 33 42
Substance Abuse 19 23
Addiction 10 12
Substance Abuse 7 8
Alcohol Abuse 5 6
Other 5 6
Total 78 100

Multicultural Psychology

Psychology Discipline # of Ads % of Multicultural Jobs
Ethnic Studies 25 41
Latino Studies 9 15
Minority Issues 7 11
African-American Studies 5 8
Minorities 3 5
Other 12 20
Total 61 100

Community Psychology

Psychology Discipline # of Ads % of Discipline Jobs
Community 12 27
Public Health 11 25
Law 7 15
Public Policy 4 9
Urban Issues 4 9
Other 8 18
Total 46 100

Marriage/Family Psychology

Psychology Discipline # of Ads % of Jobs
Family Studies 19 43
Family & Marriage Therapy 12 27
Family 6 14
Family Therapy 6 14
Other 1 2

Gender Psychology

Psychology Discipline # of Ads % of Gender Jobs
Women 25 62
Women's Studies 8 20
Gender 7 18
Total 40 100

Other Disciplines

Psychology Discipline # of Ads % of Other Jobs
Philosophy/History 9 19
Animal Psychology 7 16.8
Artificial Intelligence 5 12
Evolutionary 4 9
Social Sciences 3 7
Other 14 34
Total 42 100

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Salaries by Specialty
The salary figures below are rounded estimates based on recent data taken from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Payscale.com, and Salary.com
Psychology Specialty Annual Salary
Air Force Psychologist $35 - $65k
Army Mental Health Specialist $30 - $40k
Army Psychologist $45 - $65k
Art Therapist $45 - $65k
Career Counselor $25 - $55k
Child Counselor $40 - $65k
Child Abuse Counselor $35 - $85k
Child Psychologist $35 - $90k
Child Welfare Social Worker $30 - $65k
Clinical Psychologist* $50 - $75k
Clinical Social Worker $35 - $55k
Cognitive Psychologist $55 - $70k
Community Counselor $25 - $45k
Consumer Psychologist $45 - $85k
Counseling Psychologist $35 - $65k
Developmental Psychologist $30 - $100k
Disability Case Manager $35 - $55k
Disability Policy Worker $25 - $45k
Domestic Violence Counselor $30 - $45k
Educational Psychologist $55 - $85k
Engineering Psychologist* $60 - $100k
Exercise Therapist $20 - $55k
Existential Therapist $45 - $65k
Experimental Psychologist $35 - $85k
Forensic Psychologist* $45 - $75k
Geriatric Social Worker $35 - $45k
Gerontological Counselor $30 - $50k
Geropsychologist $35 - $75k
Health Psychologist $35 - $75k
I-O Psychologist* $55 - $115k
LPC $40 - $70k
Marriage/Family Counselor $55 - $70k
Media Psychologist $50 - $80k
Medical Health Social Worker $40 - $55k
Military Chaplain $45 - $65k
Military Counselor $40 - $65k
Military Psychologist $40 - $55k
Music Therapist $25 - $70k
Navy Psychologist $50 - $65k
Neuropsychologist $65 - $100k
Primary Therapist $35 - $55k
Psychotherapist $45 - $75k
Rehabilitation Counselor $35 - $60k
Rehabilitation Psychologist* $55 - $100k
School Psychologist $45 - $65k
Social Psychologist $60 - $110k
Sports Psychologist* $45 - $75k
Sub. Abuse Social Worker $30 - $55k
Substance Abuse Counselor $30 - $55k
Veterans Counselor $35 - $55k
Victims' Advocate $35 - $55k
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**Salaries may vary by location, industry and experience level.
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NRC Ranking of U.S. Psychology Ph.D. Programs
Below are listed 185 psychology Ph.D. programs in order of quality according to a study performed by the National Research Council (NRC). The study was taken from a NRC summary report published by the APS Observer.

The rankings below are meant for reference purposes only and should not be exclusively relied upon as an overall indicator of program quality. Before applying to any of the graduate schools listed below you should consult with faculty members, advisors and industry professionals to get feedback on your choice of schools. Also, as admission to psychology Ph.D. programs is competitive, you should apply to as many programs as reasonably possible.

School Rank
Stanford University 1
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 2
Yale University 2
University of California-Los Angeles 2
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 2
Harvard University 3
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities 4
University of Pennsylvania 5
University of California-Berkeley 6
University of California-San Diego 6
Carnegie Mellon University 6
University of Washington 7
Princeton University 7
Cornell University 8
University of Wisconsin-Madison 8
Columbia University 9
University of Texas at Austin 9
University of Chicago 10
Indiana University at Bloomington 10
University of Virginia 10
Ohio State University-Columbus 10
University of Oregon 11
University of Colorado at Boulder 11
Northwestern University 11
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 12
University of California-Irvine 13
University of Massachusetts Amherst 14
Rutgers State University-New Brunswick 14
University of Southern California 14
Purdue University 14
University of Rochester 14
Pennsylvania State University 14
Duke University 15
Johns Hopkins University 15
New York University 15
University of Iowa 15
Brown University 15
University of Florida 16
Stony Brook University 16
Vanderbilt University 16
Uniformed Services U. of the Health Sciences 16
City University of New York Graduate Center 17
University of Arizona 17
Emory University 17
Peabody College/Vanderbilt University 17
Michigan State University 17
Michicagn State University 17
University of California-Davis 18
University of Pittsburgh 18
Arizona State University 18
Clark University 19
University of California-Santa Barbara 19
University of Connecticut 19
University of Maryland at College Park 19
University of Utah 20
University of South Florida 20
University of Kansas 20
University of Miami 20
University of Delaware 20
University of California-Santa Cruz 20
University at Albany, SUNY 20
University at Buffalo, SUNY 20
University of Denver 21
Temple University 21
Washington University in Saint Louis 21
University of Georgia 21
Rice University 21
University of Missouri-Columbia 21
University of Illinois at Chicago 21
University of Houston 22
University of California-Riverside 22
Texas A&M University 23
Brandeis University 23
Northeastern University 23
Binghamton University 23
University of Alabama-Birmingham 23
Syracuse University 23
Georgia Institute of Technology 23
University of Hawaii at Manoa 23
Iowa State University 24
Wayne State University 24
Dartmouth College 24
Colorado State University 24
Florida State University 24
University of Vermont 24
Case Western Reserve University 24
Bowling Green State University 24
University of Notre Dame 25
West Virginia University 25
University of Kentucky 25
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center 25
University of South Carolina 25
Virginia Polytechnical Institute & State University 25
University of North Carolina-Greensboro 25
University of Tennessee-Knoxville 26
Boston University 26
University of Nebraska-Lincoln 26
Virginia Commonwealth University 26
Kent State University 26
Southern Illinois University 26
University of Rhode Island 26
University of New Hampshire 27
University of Texas at Arlington 27
Georgia State University 27
George Washington University 27
Loyola University of Chicago 27
George Mason University 27
University of Cincinnati 28
Tufts University 28
University of Louisville 28
Miami University 28
Yeshiva University 28
University of Alabama 28
University of Tulsa 28
University of Maryland-Baltimore County 28
University of Oklahoma 29
Washington State University 29
Ohio University 29
University of Maine 29
Howard University 29
Texas Tech University 29
Bryn Mawr College 29
North Carolina State University 29
Brigham Young University 29
Louisiana State University/A&M College 30
American University 30
Catholic University of America 30
Georgetown University 30
New Mexico State University 30
University of Texas at Dallas 30
Texas Christian University 30
Tulane University 30
Claremont Graduate University 30
University of Nevada-Reno 30
University of Mississippi 31
Rosalind Franklin University (formerly Finch University) 31
Kansas State University 31
Drexel University (formerly Hahnemann University) 31
Saint Louis University 31
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 31
University of Akron 32
University of Missouri-St. Louis 32
Northern Illinois University 32
St. John's University 32
Adelphi University 2
Boston College 32
University of Toledo 32
Lehigh University 33
Fordham University 33
Ball State University 33
University of Missouri-Kansas City 34
University of Wyoming 34
University of Arkansas-Fayetteville 34
Western Michigan University 34
Auburn University 34
Hofstra University 34
Old Dominion University 34
Illinois Institute of Technology 35
University of North Texas 35
Fuller Theological Seminary 35
University of Montana 35
University of Southern Mississippi 35
Utah State University 36
University of New Orleans 36
University of California-San Francisco 36
Baylor University 36
Duquesne University 36
Oklahoma State University 36
University of North Dakota 37
University of Puerto Rico 38
Fairleigh Dickinson University 39
CA School of Professional Psychology-Alameda 40
University of Northern Colorado 41
Saybrook Graduate School 42
Palo Alto University (formerly PGSP) 42
Texas A&M-Commerce 43
California School of Professional Psychology-Los Angeles 43
California School of Professional Psychology-San Diego 43
California School of Professional Psychology-Fresno 44
Biola University 44
University of Detroit Mercy 44
Fielding Graduate University 45
Mississippi State University 45
Rutgers State University-Newark 46
Texas Woman's University 46