February 24, 2018

Psychology Jobs: Industrial Organizational Psychologist

A less well-known specialty for people with degrees in psychology is the growing field of industrial/organizational psychology. People in industrial and organizational psychology jobs may start out assisting human resources departments, developing hiring strategies and disciplinary methodologies, and may advance to the level of human resources director or another higher-level management position. They may also analyze business processes to help streamline them, benefiting both the company and the workers by eliminating waste and unnecessary drudgery.

Organizational or industrial psychologists may work for a corporation or government entity, or may be self-employed and work as consultants. An industrial psychologist who has recently graduated with a bachelors degree may start out earning $35,000 to $40,000 per year, and with a masters degree in psychology or a PhD in psychology, in addition to years of experience, may eventually make around $150,000 depending on where they work, who they work for, and how much in demand their specialties may be.

Psychology Jobs: School Psychologist

If you have a psychology degree, you might also enjoy working in a school psychologist job. These caring and hardworking individuals put their psychology degrees to use in the field of childhood education, generally working for elementary and high schools as guidance counselors or behavioral counselors. They may also work for regional boards of education, helping to determine optimal learning strategies, set curriculum standards, and work with emerging disciplinary trends.

School psychologists with an undergraduate psychology degree will generally earn between $30,0000 and $35,000 at the entry level, but as they gain experience, or acquire a masters degree in psychology or other advanced training, they may earn $80,000 per year or more.

Psychology Jobs: Clinical Psychologist

An undergraduate online degree in psychology or a masters degree in psychology can open the door to a number of exciting job prospects. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, around thirty-four percent of people with psychology degrees are self-employed.

In a job environment where eight percent of workers in general are self employed, this gives you an idea of the flexibility and variety of occupational possibilities that come with a psychology degree.

Clinical psychologists, best known as the iconic therapists who say to their patients “Tell me about your mother,” make up the largest portion of clinical psychology jobs. Individuals who start out working in entry-level positions at counseling clinics can become counselors or therapists themselves by earning a psychology degree. Advancement for people in these positions may require a masters degree in psychology or a doctoral degree, enabling a counseling assistant to become a full counselor, or therapist.

A clinical psychologist may also work toward the goal of operating their own clinic, or accepting a director position in the counseling or psychiatry unit of a hospital or other medical center.  An entry level clinical psychologist may start out making $36,000 to $40,000, and eventually earn over $100,000 per year over the course of a career.