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Psychology Schools

As a professor or instructor of psychology classes at one of the 1,725 accredited psychology schools in the country, you play a critical role in shaping the future of this growing field. Below are charts, statistics and analysis of the trends in psychology academia which includes psychology training at the following levels:

  • Psychology Certificate
  • Associates degree in Psychology
  • Bachelors degree in Psychology
  • Masters degree in Psychology
  • PhD degree in Psychology


Professional Trends

National Employment growth for Psychology professionals

106,430 105,830 109,210 110,300 112,810
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Dark Yellow: Actual Values

112,810 psychology professionals were working in the US in the year 2010. Between 2006 and 2010, the number of psychology professionals has grown by 6%.

This growth is faster than the growth for all careers during the same time period. There was a 1% decline for all careers.

National Salary percentiles for Psychology professionals

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The median yearly salary earned by psychology professionals, in 2010, was $81,347. This is 34% more than the national median salary for all professions, which was $68,155 per year.

National Median Salary Growth For Psychology

$74,057 $74,200 $75,757 $78,613 $81,347
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Salaries

There has been a 10% growth in psychology professionals' salaries from 2006 to 2010.

Educational Trends

National Psychology Student enrollment growth by degree

1,870 2,151 2,374 3,865 3,110
88,286 90,562 93,841 95,821 95,852
4,561 5,017 5,155 5,367 5,564
19,089 20,349 20,772 22,731 22,610
1,243 1,394 1,269 1,540 1,734
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate's Degree in Psychology
  • Blue: Bachelor's Degree in Psychology
  • Red: Doctorates Degree in Psychology
  • Light blue: Master's Degree in Psychology
  • Grey: Certificate in Psychology

We are seeing a rapid change in the career outlook for psychology professionals. However, the story on the educational front is quite different. In the year 2006 there were 115,049 students who graduated from psychology degree programs across the country, while in the year 2010, there were 128,870 students graduating from psychology schools.

This represents a 12% change in the number of graduates. This growth in the number of students graduating from psychology courses is less than the change nationally for students graduating from institutions for higher education in general, which has been a 12% growth from 2006 to 2010.

Psychology Programs offered Nationwide


It is interesting to note that as student graduation is up, the number of schools offering psychology programs has also increased. There were 1529 psychology schools across the country in 2006. And there were 1725 schools in 2010.

Psychology Faculty Salaries

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