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Can You Earn a Decent Living with a Psychology Degree?

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

Of course there is no immediate answer to this question, as an answer would depend on so many factors. If you come to think about the state you live in or the state you would like to be living in, the type of field or institution you would like to work in, the specialization you would choose and the schedule you would be willing to accept, the education you would adhere to and the number of job openings in the field, you can see why offering a first-hand answer to this questions is not a very easy task.
 
However, studying the numbers offered by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics and their projections considering jobs in psychology, you could see that three years ago, in 2008, there were 170,200 jobs in the field and schools and colleges were the primary employers, while hospitals and clinics came in second, followed by government agencies. An important 34 percent of all psychologists declared to be self-employed, working in their own private consulting firms. As you can see, there is a large diversity of fields you could be working in, or you could be focusing on an individual career, should you be thinking about some additional superior education (such as getting your Master’s and your Doctor’s Degree in Psychology).
 
Good news also comes from a job outlook’s point of view. Namely, the entire industry is looking at some fast growths in the number of job openings for the future, and the main focus will be attributed to people having earned a doctor’s degree in health or counseling. These are the main strong items on the list of job prospects that are prone to grow to success. However, if such an education path might sound good at the time, you should be concentrating on a leading educational facility (university); also, getting your master’s degree at the end of a top-notch graduate program in counseling or criminal behavior is another act of wisdom that could help you better cope with intense competition.
 
The direction society is going in will eventually lead to an even more increased need for psychologists and their services within schools and social service agencies, public or private clinics and hospitals and mental health centers or substance abuse treatment facilities. The hectic lives most of us are living are unfortunately leading to this sort of issue, and the need for these specialists’ services will help employment grow by up to 12% by 2018.
 
You probably know one or two people who are either suffering from some sort of personality or behavior unbalance, who is having work-related problems or personal and social issues.  You might also know students or teenagers who are being bullied or abused in school, or who are having problems managing their learning processes or choosing a career or a college. Plus, you must know someone who went at least once to visit a psychologist’s private practice. This can only indicate the fact that statistics are right, and that the demand for these specialists is on the rise.
 
Finally, bls.reports show that holders of Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology have utterly unlimited options when it comes to picking a successful career, so getting higher education is recommended.

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