Careers in Psychology
The Psychology program at York College prepares students with the necessary background to pursue a variety of professional careers within or related to the field of psychology.
Graduates have gone on to work in counseling programs, schools, healthcare agencies, and therapy services across Pennsylvania and nationwide.
With a degree in Psychology, you can also find career options that include:
- Case manager
- Psychiatric technician
- Marketing strategist
- Career/employment counselor
- Child development specialist
- Probation or parole officer
- Psychosocial Rehabilitation Specialist (PSR)
- Social Service aide
Those who continue to graduate degrees in Psychology open up further opportunities for roles in counseling, social work, human resources, academia, clinical psychology, forensics, and more.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that the median annual wage for those with Psychology degrees is $50,000 as of 2019. Students who go on to pursue graduate-level education and obtain licensure as a psychologist have the potential to earn significantly higher wages, with the highest 10% of earners reaching salaries over $130,000 per year.
Benefits of Earning a Degree in Psychology
Psychology degrees and related skills are needed in a variety of industry settings, and demand for these jobs typically outpaces the supply of professionals.
The job outlook for psychologists is expected to increase 8% between 2020 and 2030. Meanwhile, demand for marriage and family therapists is projected to grow 16% during that time. School/career counselor jobs should increase 11% and substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors are projected to see growth of 23% during this decade—much higher than the national average for all careers.
Professionals often work in rewarding positions, dedicating their careers to helping others. The skills obtained in a Psychology degree program are highly adaptable, making graduates marketable in multiple areas.
York College works closely with students to identify how their unique interests, skills, and values align with their future career path. Learn more by visiting our Career Development Center.