General Psychology

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Total Degrees​
Awarded in 2019
130,917
declining 0.121%
Median In-State​
Public Tuition
$7,070
growing 2.91%
Median Out-of-State​
Private Tuition
$31,500
growing 1.94%
Average Wage
$68,322
growing 1.61%
People in Workforce
2.74M
growing 3.72%
Average Employee Age
41.1
declining 0.2%

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The locations with the highest concentration of General Psychology degree recipients are New York, NY, Los Angeles, CA, and San Diego, CA. The locations with a relatively high number of General Psychology degree recipients are The Hammocks, FL, Cleveland, GA, and Graceville, FL. The most common degree awarded to students studying General Psychology is a bachelors degree.

Institutions

Information about the types of higher education institutions that grant degrees in General Psychology and the types of students that study this field. Southern New Hampshire University awards the most degrees in General Psychology in the US, but Divine Mercy University and William James College have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in General Psychology.

Tuition costs for General Psychology majors are, on average, $7,070 for in-state public colleges, and $31,500 for out of state private colleges.

The most common sector, by number of institutions, that offers General Psychology programs are Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above institutions (857 total). The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded, is Public, 4-year or above (83,034 completions).

Institutions

Institution with the Most Degrees Awarded in General Psychology

The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded in General Psychology, is Public, 4-year or above (83,034 completions).

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Tuition Costs for Common Institutions

$7,070
Median In-State Public
$31,500
Median Out of State Private

Southern New Hampshire University has the most General Psychology degree recipients, with 1,610 degrees awarded in 2019.

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Specialized Colleges

Highest Concentration Institution
  1. 51%
  2. 34.4%
  3. 33.1%

Out of all institutions that offer General Psychology programs and have at least 5 graduates in those programs, Divine Mercy University has the highest percentage of degrees awarded in General Psychology, with 51%.

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Degrees Awarded by County

Counties with the Most Degrees Awarded in General Psychology

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Growth in Awarded Degrees

Counties with the Fastest Growing Number of Degrees Awarded

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Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Psychology graduates and on wages and locations for those in the field.

The average salary for Psychology majors is $68,322 and the most common occupations are Elementary & middle school teachers, Social workers, all other, and Other managers.

The industry that employs the most Psychology majors is Elementary & secondary schools, though the highest paying industry, by average wage, is Petroleum refining.

Wages

Yearly Income for Common Jobs

The closest comparable data for the 4 Digit Course General Psychology is from the 2 Digit Course Psychology.
$68,322
Average Wage in Workforce
± $1,081
1.61%
1 Year Growth
± 2.24%

The average salary for Psychology majors is $68,322 and the most common occupations are Elementary & middle school teachers, Social workers, all other, and Other managers.

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Highest Paying Locations

The closest comparable data for the 4 Digit Course General Psychology is from the 2 Digit Course Psychology.

This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States colored by the average salary of Psychology majors.

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Occupations

Most Common

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The most common occupations Psychology majors, by number of employees, are Elementary & middle school teachers, Social workers, all other, and Other managers.

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Most Specialized

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Compared to other majors, there are an unusually high number of Psychology majors working as School psychologists, Clinical and counseling psychologists, and Other psychologists.

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Highest Paid

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The highest paid occupations by median income for Psychology majors are Surgeons, Computer hardware engineers, and Physicians.

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Occupations by Share

The closest comparable data for the 4 Digit Course General Psychology is from the 2 Digit Course Psychology.
2.74M
2019 Workforce
± 40,253
3.72%
1 Year Growth
± 2.02%

The number of Psychology graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 3.72%, from 2.64M in 2018 to 2.74M in 2019.

The largest single share of Psychology graduates go on to work as Elementary & middle school teachers (3.98%). This chart shows the various jobs filled by those with a major in Psychology by share of the total number of graduates.

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Industries

Most Common

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Highest Paid

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Industries by Share

The closest comparable data for the 4 Digit Course General Psychology is from the 2 Digit Course Psychology.
2.74M
2019 Workforce
± 40,253
3.72%
1 Year Growth
± 2.02%

The number of Psychology graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 3.72%, from 2.64M in 2018 to 2.74M in 2019.

The industry which employs the most Psychology graduates by share is Elementary & secondary schools, followed by Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges. This visualization shows the industries that hire those who major in Psychology.

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Specialty Locations

The closest comparable data for the 4 Digit Course General Psychology is from the 2 Digit Course Psychology.

This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States where there are a relatively high population of Psychology majors.

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Diversity

Demographic information for those who earn a degree in Psychology in the United States.

The average age of a person in the workforce with a degree in Psychology is 41.1.

The most common degree type these workers hold is a Bachelors Degree. Female employees are more likely to hold Psychology degrees, and White students are the most common race/ethnicty group awarded degrees in Psychology (65,874 students).

Workforce Age

The closest comparable data for the 4 Digit Course General Psychology is from the 2 Digit Course Psychology.
41.1
Average Age in 2019
± 0.192 Years
0.2%
1 Year Change
± 0.669%

This chart shows distribution of ages for employees with a degree in Psychology. The most common ages of employees with this major are 28 and 30 years old, which represent 3.24% and 3.2% of the population, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded

The most common degree types awarded to students graduating in General Psychology are Bachelors Degree, Associates Degree, and Masters Degree.

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Workforce Degrees

The closest comparable data for the 4 Digit Course General Psychology is from the 2 Digit Course Psychology.

The most common degree types held by the working population in Psychology are Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, and Doctorate degree.

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Gender Imbalance for Common Institutions

Female (78.7%)
Most Common Gender with a Degree in this Field

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Race & Ethnicity by Degrees Awarded

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    65,874 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    28,936 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    14,956 degrees awarded

This chart shows the number of degrees awarded in General Psychology for each race & ethnicity. White students earned the largest share of the degrees with this major.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Race/Ethnicity and Gender Combination
  1. White Female
    45,405 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino Female
    16,994 degrees awarded
  3. White Male
    11,502 degrees awarded

This chart illustrates the differences by gender for each race & ethnicity of Bachelors Degree recipients in General Psychology. White Female students, who earn most of the degrees in this field, are the most common combination of race/ethnicity and gender.

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Global Diversity

The closest comparable data for the 4 Digit Course General Psychology is from the 2 Digit Course Psychology.
Most Common Countries of Origin
  1. Mexico
    26,735 degree recipients
  2. India
    21,975 degree recipients
  3. Philippines
    15,761 degree recipients
High Relative Number of Students
  1. Greece
    3.8 times more than expected
  2. Antigua & Barbuda
    3.28 times more than expected
  3. Belarus
    3.26 times more than expected

There are a relatively high number of people that were born in Greece that hold Psychology degrees (3.8 times more than expected), and the most common country of origin by total numbers for non-US students earning a degree in this field is Mexico (26,735 degree recipients).

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for those working in the General Psychology field from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. General Psychology majors need many skills, but most especially Social Perceptiveness. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that General Psychology majors need more than the average amount of Social Perceptiveness, Science, and Service Orientation.

These two visualizations, one a radial chart and one a bar chart, show the same information, a rating of how necessary the following skills are for General Psychology majors. Toggle between "value" and "RCA" to see the absolute rating of that skill (value) and the revealed comparative advantage (RCA), or how much greater or lesser that skill's rating is than the average. The longer the bar or the closer the line comes to the circumference of the circle, the more important that skill is. The importance of Social Perceptiveness is very distinctive for majors, but the Social Perceptiveness, Active Listening, and Speaking are the three most important skills for people in the field.

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