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1,930 Master's Degrees Annually
146 Doctor's Degrees Annually
#73 in Popularity (Master's)
$95,610 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Other Psychology Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many other psychology graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 1,930
Graduate Certificate 236
Doctor’s Degree 146

What Other Psychology Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to other psychology were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.

Knowledge Areas for Other Psychology Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in other psychology should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

Skills for Other Psychology Majors

When studying other psychology, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

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  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Abilities for Other Psychology Majors

Some of the most crucial abilities to master while a other psychology student include the following:

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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

What Can You Do With a Other Psychology Major?

People with a other psychology degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Compliance Managers 8.0% $107,480
Neuropsychologists and Clinical Neuropsychologists 10.3% $100,770
Psychology Professors 15.1% $76,710
Regulatory Affairs Managers 8.0% $107,480

Who Is Getting a Master’s Degree in Other Psychology?

1,930 Master's Degrees Annually
80% Percent Women
41% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
The major attracts more women than men. About 80% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of other psychology majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Other Psychology Students with Master's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 43
Black or African American 362
Hispanic or Latino 295
White 889
International Students 35
Other Races/Ethnicities 306

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Other Psychology. About 1.8% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • India
  • China
  • Canada
  • Taiwan
  • South Korea

How Much Do Other Psychology Majors Make?

Master’s Degree Starting Salary

According to 2017-2018 data from the U.S. Department of Education, students who graduated with a master’s degree in other psychology have a median salary of $36,900 during the early years of their career. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $35,600 (25th percentile) and $41,150 (75th percentile).

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It is possible that some of these people may have taken positions that were not related to other psychology.

Salaries According to BLS

Other Psychology majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $88,490 to $115,590 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some careers associated with other psychology require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

Find out what the typical degree level is for other psychology careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 2.0%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 1.5%
Some College Courses 0.3%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 2.1%
Bachelor’s Degree 33.1%
Master’s Degree 11.0%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 0.9%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 1.0%
Doctoral Degree 17.3%
Post-Doctoral Training 30.6%

Online Other Psychology Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 147 schools offered some type of other psychology program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 4 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 2 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 1 0
Associate’s Degree 15 3
Bachelor’s Degree 19 2
Post-Baccalaureate 4 0
Master’s Degree 56 12
Post-Master’s 14 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 25 3
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Other Psychology Worth It?

The median salary for a other psychology grad is $95,610 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 140% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $1,114,200 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to other psychology.

Major Number of Grads
General Psychology 130,917
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 30,532
Child Development & Psychology 13,150

References

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