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424 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
2,025 Master's Degrees Annually
#211 in Popularity
$95,610 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Other Psychology Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many other psychology graduations there were in 2017-2018 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 2,025
Bachelor’s Degree 424
Graduate Certificate 252
Associate’s Degree 219
Doctor’s Degree 172
Basic Certificate 24
Undergraduate Certificate 2

What Other Psychology Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, other psychology majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for Other Psychology Majors

Other Psychology majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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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

A major in other psychology prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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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

As a other psychology major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:

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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?

Below is a list of occupations associated with other psychology:

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 Bachelor’s Degree in Other Psychology?

424 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
83% Percent Women
58% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 424 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in other psychology in 2018, making it rank #211 in popularity. This major is dominated by women with about 83% of recent graduates being 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 Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 7
Black or African American 19
Hispanic or Latino 210
White 165
International Students 7
Other Races/Ethnicities 16

Geographic Diversity

Other Psychology appeals to people across the globe. About 1.7% 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?

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

The median starting salary of students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a bachelor’s degree in other psychology was $31,850 per year. These stats come from the U.S. Department of Education. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $28,725 (25th percentile) and $34,450 (75th percentile).

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Note that some of these people may have jobs that are not directly related to a other psychology degree.

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 the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

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. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to other psychology have obtained the following education levels.

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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 2017-2018 academic year, 151 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 2
Bachelor’s Degree 20 2
Post-Baccalaureate 4 0
Master’s Degree 60 14
Post-Master’s 13 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 131,061
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 29,110
Child Development & Psychology 11,968

References

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