Psychology Careers


Psychology Career Paths

The more complicated the world around us gets, the more it seems we need the services of psychologists, from industrial psychologists to forensic psychologists to school psychologists—the list goes on and on. Unlike psychiatrists, who are licensed physicians who can prescribe drugs to treat mental illness, psychologists function in the realm of research, testing, interpretation, and treatment. And though it’s a long, challenging road to becoming a mental health professional, there’s no faster, more convenient, or more affordable place to start than StraighterLine.


Psychology Careers: Low Unemployment, Great Pay, Above-Average Job Growth

Psychology now falls within the behavioral science category of STEM jobs (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Psychologists are in the top 15 majors by earnings, with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reporting that the median pay of psychologists is $68,640 a year. Psychology jobs are also stable and reliable, ranking in the top five fields for lowest unemployment at 7.3% for recent grads and 5.9% for experienced workers. Projected job growth is above average at 22%.

Psychologists Work in Many Different Industries

Because psychologists study human behavior and mental processes by observing, interpreting, and recording how people interact with each other and in various environments, they can find work in many different industries. But psychotherapy and counseling are just a piece of the puzzle; many psychologists are also involved in research, teaching, government, business—and even criminal justice. Here are just a few of the jobs you could get with the right credentials:

  • Clinical Research Coordinator
  • Counselor (Marriage, Family, Substance Abuse)
  • Crisis Counselor
  • Genetics Counselor
  • Gerontologist
  • Guidance Counselor/School Psychologist
  • Psychiatrist
  • Psychologist
  • Social Worker
  • Therapist

Online Classes Are Smart Choices for Psychology Majors

Most psychology careers require a master’s degree or a doctorate in psychology, which translates into years of expensive undergraduate and graduate education. But as a StraighterLine student, you could shave a year—even two—off your higher education bill by taking convenient and affordable online courses that save you time and money so you can start earning a paycheck and stop paying for school.

Save Big When You Start with Online Courses from StraighterLine

The average psychology program requires a range of math and science courses, including statistics, some of which you choose as electives. You could get an online psychology degree at top schools like Penn State, Notre Dame, USC, Auburn, Purdue, Northeastern, or St. Johns. But many StraighterLine partner schools offer them, too, both at the undergraduate and graduate level.

No matter where you intend to pursue your degree, you’ll need to take your required courses someplace. And the best place is StraighterLine, where affordable course credits are guaranteed to transfer to any of our partner colleges or through the ACE CREDIT service to over 1,800 colleges and universities in the United States. In the end, you could save thousands—or even tens of thousands—of dollars on your psychology degree.

Psychology Careers Through StraighterLine

Here are the StraighterLine courses and electives you might need to pursue your psychology degree: