Counseling Psychology

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Total Degrees​
Awarded in 2016

10,832

declining 1.72%

Median In-State​
Public Tuition

$6,949

growing 4.28%

Median Out-of-State​
Private Tuition

$27,200

growing 4.1%

Average Wage

$66,047

growing 2.09%

People in Workforce

2.54M

growing 4.56%

Average Employee Age

41.1

declining 0.447%

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The locations with the highest concentration of Counseling Psychology degree recipients are Lynchburg, VA, Chicago, IL, and Beaumont, TX. The locations with a relatively high number of Counseling Psychology degree recipients are Summerland, CA, Columbia, KY, and Alamosa, CO. The most common degree awarded to students studying Counseling Psychology is a masters degree.

Institutions

Information about the types of higher education institutions that grant degrees in Counseling Psychology and the types of students that study this field. Liberty University awards the most degrees in Counseling Psychology in the US, but Richmont Graduate University and The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Counseling Psychology.

Tuition costs for Counseling Psychology majors are, on average, $6,949 for in-state public colleges, and $27,200 for out of state private colleges.

The most common sector, by number of institutions, that offers Counseling Psychology programs are Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above institutions (209 total). The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded, is Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above (7,822 completions).

Institutions

Institution with the Most Degrees Awarded in Counseling Psychology

The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded in Counseling Psychology, is Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above (7,822 completions).

The following chart shows the share of universities that offer Counseling Psychology programs, by the total number of completions, colored and grouped by their sector.

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Tuition Costs for Common Institutions

$6,949

Median In-State Public

$27,200

Median Out of State Private

Liberty University has the most Counseling Psychology degree recipients, with 818 degrees awarded in 2016.

The following bar chart shows the state tuition for the top 5 institutions with the most degrees awarded in Counseling Psychology.

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Specialized Colleges

Out of all institutions that offer Counseling Psychology programs and have at least 5 graduates in those programs, Richmont Graduate University and The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Counseling Psychology, with 100% and 82.4%, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded by County

Counties with the Most Degrees Awarded in Counseling Psychology

This map shows the counties in the United States colored by the highest number of degrees awarded in Counseling Psychology by year.

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Growth in Awarded Degrees

Counties with the Fastest Growing Number of Degrees Awarded

This map shows the counties in the United States colored by the highest growth in degrees awarded for Counseling Psychology.

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Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Psychology graduates and on wages and locations for those in the field.

The average salary for Psychology majors is $66,047 and the most common occupations are Counselors, Social workers, and Elementary & middle school teachers.

The industry that employs the most Psychology majors is Elementary & secondary schools, though the highest paying industry, by average wage, is Cement, concrete, lime, & gypsum product manufacturing .

Wages

Yearly Income for Common Jobs

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Counseling Psychology is from the 2 Digit Course Psychology.

$66,047

Average Wage in Workforce

± $1,106

2.09%

1 Year Growth

± 2.34%

The average salary for Psychology majors is $66,047 and the most common occupations are Counselors, Social workers, and Elementary & middle school teachers.

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Highest Paying Locations

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Counseling Psychology is from the 2 Digit Course Psychology.

This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States colored by the average salary of Psychology majors.

Note that the census collects information tied to where people live, not where they work. It is possible that Psychology majors live and work in the same place, but it is also possible that they live and work in two different places.

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Occupations

Most Common

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The most common occupations Psychology majors, by number of employees, are Counselors, Social workers, and Elementary & middle school teachers.

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Most Specialized

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Compared to other majors, there are an unusually high number of Psychology majors working as Psychologists, Counselors, and Other therapists, including exercise physiologists.

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Highest Paid

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The highest paid occupations by median income for Psychology majors are Physicians & surgeons, Chief executives & legislators, and Other financial specialists.

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Occupations by Share

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2.54M

2017 Workforce

± 38,805

4.56%

1 Year Growth

± 2.09%

The number of Psychology graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 4.56%, from 2.43M in 2016 to 2.54M in 2017.

The largest single share of Psychology graduates go on to work as Counselors (7.41%). This chart shows the various jobs filled by those with a major in Psychology by share of the total number of graduates.

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Industries

Most Common

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Counseling Psychology is from the 2 Digit Course Psychology.

The most common industries that employ Psychology majors, by number of employees, are Elementary & secondary schools, Hospitals, and Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges.

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Highest Paid

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Industries by Share

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Counseling Psychology is from the 2 Digit Course Psychology.

2.54M

2017 Workforce

± 38,805

4.56%

1 Year Growth

± 2.09%

The number of Psychology graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 4.56%, from 2.43M in 2016 to 2.54M in 2017.

The industry which employs the most Psychology graduates by share is Elementary & secondary schools, followed by Hospitals. This visualization shows the industries that hire those who major in Psychology.

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Specialty Locations

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Counseling Psychology is from the 2 Digit Course Psychology.

This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States where there are a relatively high population of Psychology majors.

Note that the census collects information tied to where people live, not where they work. It is possible that Psychology majors live and work in the same place, but it is also possible that they live and work in two different places.

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Diversity

Demographic information on those who earn a degree in Psychology in the US. The average age of a person in the workforce with a degree in Psychology is 41.1, and the most common degree type these workers hold is a Masters Degree. Female employees are more likely to hold Psychology degrees, and White students earn the majority (6,104) of the degrees.

Workforce Age

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Counseling Psychology is from the 2 Digit Course Psychology.

41.1

Average Age in 2017

± 0.198 Years

0.447%

1 Year Change

± 0.692%

This chart shows distribution of ages for employees with a degree in Psychology. The most common ages of employees with this major are 29 and 27 years old, which represent 3.35% and 3.27% of the population, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded

The most common degree types awarded to students graduating in Counseling Psychology are Masters Degree, Bachelors Degree, and Research Doctorate.

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Workforce Degrees

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Counseling Psychology is from the 2 Digit Course Psychology.

The most common degree types held by the working population in Psychology are Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, and Doctorate degree.

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Gender Imbalance for Common Institutions

Female (82.6%)

Most Common Gender with a Degree in this Field

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Race & Ethnicity by Degrees Awarded

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    6,104 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    1,770 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    1,338 degrees awarded

This chart shows the number of degrees awarded in Counseling Psychology for each race & ethnicity. White students earned the largest share of the degrees with this major.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Race/Ethnicity and Gender Combination

  1. White Female

    320 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American Female

    76 degrees awarded

  3. White Male

    53 degrees awarded

This chart illustrates the differences by gender for each race & ethnicity of Bachelors Degree recipients in Counseling Psychology. White Female students, who earn most of the degrees in this field, are the most common combination of race/ethnicity and gender.

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Global Diversity

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Counseling Psychology is from the 2 Digit Course Psychology.

Most Common Countries of Origin

  1. Mexico

    23,015 degree recipients

  2. India

    20,548 degree recipients

  3. Philippines

    15,037 degree recipients

High Relative Number of Students

  1. Georgia (country)

    4.28 times more than expected

  2. Saudi Arabia

    3.91 times more than expected

  3. Belgium

    3.7 times more than expected

There are a relatively high number of people that were born in Georgia (country) that hold Psychology degrees (4.28 times more than expected), and the most common country of origin by total numbers for non-US students earning a degree in this field is Mexico (23,015 degree recipients).

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for those working in the Counseling Psychology field from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Counseling Psychology majors need many skills, but most especially Social Perceptiveness. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Counseling Psychology majors need more than the average amount of Social Perceptiveness, Negotiation, and Persuasion.

These two visualizations, one a radial chart and one a bar chart, show the same information, a rating of how necessary the following skills are for Counseling Psychology majors. Toggle between "value" and "RCA" to see the absolute rating of that skill (value) and the revealed comparative advantage (RCA), or how much greater or lesser that skill's rating is than the average. The longer the bar or the closer the line comes to the circumference of the circle, the more important that skill is. The importance of Social Perceptiveness is very distinctive for majors, but the Social Perceptiveness, Active Listening, and Reading Comprehension are the three most important skills for people in the field.

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