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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

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Explore Psychology Careers

  • Child Psychologist

    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

    Median Annual Wage $79,000
    Average Hourly Wage $51.04
    Who They Work With Patients of all ages
    Where They Work Private practice, hospitals and medical centers, with other medical providers

  • Cognitive Psychologist
  • Counseling Psychologist

    Median Annual Wage $59,000
    Average Hourly Wage $35.00
    Who They Work With Patients of all ages dealing with mental health issues
    Where They Work Hospitals, schools, mental health clinics, psychiatric facilities

  • Educational Psychologist

    Median Annual Wage $73,000
    Average Hourly Wage $70.00
    Who They Work With Students, particularly those facing challenges and problems in school
    Where They Work Schools and educational settings

  • Forensic Psychologist

    Median Annual Wage $69,000
    Average Hourly Wage $30.87
    Who They Work With Alongside law enforcement professionals to assess those involved in criminal investigations
    Where They Work Courts, prisons, government agencies

  • Health Psychologist

    Median Annual Wage $79,000
    Average Hourly Wage $50.46
    Who They Work With Patients dealing with both psychological and physiological ailments
    Where They Work Hospitals, universities, private practices

  • Industrial Organizational Psychologist

    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

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

  • Sports Psychologist

    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

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