With a population of roughly 3.1 million and home to several large metropolitan areas, including Des Moines five-country metro area (pop. 590,000), there is a strong and stable demand for mental health services and the psychology professionals that provide them. While many professionals are attracted to Iowa for the employment opportunities, even more come to Iowa because of its family friendly atmosphere and environment. In fact, Iowa has been recognized as one of the safest state to live in and raise a family.
However, if career opportunity is your modus operandi, then you'll find Iowa extremely accomodating as well. In 2010, CNBC recognized Iowa as one of the "Top States for Business" in the entire United States. This ranking was achieved, in part, due to the state's low tax rate and low cost of running a business. So if you're a psychologist looking to start or run your own practice, you should really give some thought to settling down in Iowa.
Many who aren't familiar with Iowa think of it as a farming state. While farming historically has been a big part of Iowa's culture and economy, it isn't any longer. Manufacturing, financial services, biotechnology, insurance, government services and healthcare all make up a large part of the state's economy today. The healthcare sector of Iowa's economy is particularly strong and growing. Qualified, educated healthcare professionals can look forward to strong demand for their services, as well as ample employment opportunity. This holds true for experienced, licensed psychologists.
At $65,000 a year, the average salary for psychologists working in Iowa is just under the average for psychologists employed nationwide. But given the low cost of living in Iowa and the high quality of life, $65,000 really is quite a bit. Psychology professionals seeking higher earning potential should considered careers in higher paying branches of psychology, such as Organizational-Industrial Psychology. In order to work in any capacity as a practicing psychologist, a licensed issued by the Iowa Board of Psychology Examiners is required. The minimum requirement for state licensing is a doctorate degree in psychology or closely related behavioral science discipline.
For those pursuing a higher education in psychology, Iowa presents several opportunities. Notwithstanding its relatively small size, Iowa schools offer more than 30 accredited undergraduate and graduate level psychology programs. The most popular degrees offered include bachelor's and master's, but a handful of schools, such as Iowa State University, also offers superb doctoral programs in psychology.
Below you can explore a comprehensive list of schools in Clinton, Sioux City, Des Moines, Cedar Rapids and Davenport, Iowa offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs in fields of clinical, industrial, abnormal and organizational psychology, among others.
|Ashford University – Clinton, IA|
|Briar Cliff University – Sioux City, IA|
|Buena Vista University – Storm Lake, IA|
|Central College – Pella, IA|
|Clarke University – Dubuque, IA|
|Cornell College – Mount Vernon, IA|
|Dordt College – Sioux Center, IA|
|Drake University – Des Moines, IA|
|Graceland University – Lamoni, IA|
|Grand View University – Des Moines, IA|
|Grinnell College – Grinnell, IA|
|Iowa State University – Ames, IA|
|Iowa Wesleyan College – Mount Pleasant, IA|
|Kaplan University – Cedar Falls, IA / Cedar Rapids, IA / Council Bluffs, IA / Davenport, IA / Mason City, IA / Urbandale, IA|
|Kirkwood Community College – Cedar Rapid, IA|
|Loras College – Dubuque, IA|
|Luther College – Decorah, IA|
|Morningside College – Sioux City, IA|
|Mount Mercy College – Cedar Rapids, IA|
|Northwestern College – Orange City, IA|
|Saint Ambrose University – Davenport, IA|
|Simpson College – Indianola, IA|
|University of Dubuque – Dubuque, IA|
|University of Iowa – Iowa City, IA|
|University of Northern Iowa – Cedar Falls, IA|
|Upper Iowa University – Fayette, IA|
|Waldorf College – Forest City, IA|
|William Penn University – Oskaloosa, IA|