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Psychology Job Outlook Employment of psychologists is expected to grow more slowly than the average for all occupations through the year 2006 More job opportunities will arise in businesses nonprofit organizations and research and computer firms for psychologists working as consultants Companies will use psychologists expertise in survey design analysis and research to provide marketing evaluation and statistical analysis Opportunities for people holding doctorates from leading universities in areas with an applied emphasis such as clinical counseling health and educational psychology should have particularly good prospects Psychologists with extensive training in quantitative research methods and computer science may have a competitive edge over applicants without this background Graduates with a masters degree in psychology are qualified for positions in school and industrial-organization psychology Graduates of masters degree programs in school psychology should have the best job prospects as schools expected to increase student counseling and mental health services Still others may find jobs involving research and data collection and analysis in universities government or private companies Bachelors degree holders can expect very few opportunities directly related to psychology Some may find jobs as assistants in rehabilitation centers or in other jobs involving data collection and analysis Those who meet State certification requirements may become high school psychology teachers Earnings According to 1995 survey by the American Psychological Association the median salary of psychologists with a doctoral degree and 5 to 9 years of experience was 55000 in counseling psychology in individual private practice 54500 in private research organizations 51000 as clinical psychologists in public psychiatric hospitals and 59000 in school psychology The median annual salary of masters degree holders was 38000 in counseling psychology 43000 in clinical psychology 41500 in research positions 60000 in school psychology and 55000 in industrial-organizational psychology Some psychologists have much higher earnings particularly those in private practice The Federal Government recognizes education and experience in certifying applicants for entry-level positions In general the starting
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