Begin a Psychology Career


Interested in becoming a psychologist, but want more information about the field? This guide describes and explains a variety of specializations within the discipline. These career profiles provide information on the education and credentials you need to pursue advanced positions, salary and employment trends for each specialization, and organizations and resources available for students and professionals alike.

This page also offers information for prospective psychology students, detailing various program options and specialty fields. Keep reading to learn more about this growing industry, including which specializations offer the highest pay and the most employment opportunities.


FOR EACH PSYCHOLOGY CAREER, WE COVER:

  • Specific psychology job titles and psychology career specializations
  • The academics and credentials psychology job-seekers need to advance
  • The numbers behind the psychology career, like salary trends and job growth projections
  • The societies, journals and research efforts moving the psychology field ahead

Explore Psychology Careers

Child Psychologist CAREER

Median Annual Wage $69,000
Average Hourly Wage $33.79
Who They Work With Children age 17 or younger
Where They Work Schools, group practices/clinics, private practices


Clinical Psychologist CAREER

Cognitive Psychologist CAREER

Counseling Psychologist CAREER

Educational Psychologist CAREER

Forensic Psychologist CAREER

Health Psychologist CAREER

Industrial Organizational Psychologist CAREER

Median Annual Wage $74,000
Average Hourly Wage $25.96
Who They Work With Managers, supervisors, and employees
Where They Work Businesses, organizations, companies


School Psychologist CAREER

Median Annual Wage $61,000
Average Hourly Wage $43.26
Who They Work With Parents, teachers, students
Where They Work Schools


Sports Psychologist CAREER

Median Annual Wage $75,000
Average Hourly Wage $60.50
Who They Work With Athletes, coaches
Where They Work University athletic departments, schools, club sport leagues


Sources: PayScale, BLS, American Psychological Association

Resources for Psychology Students