Clinical, Counseling, & Applied Psychology

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Total Degrees​
Awarded in 2016

28,658

growing 2.65%

Median In-State​
Public Tuition

$7,139

growing 3.5%

Median Out-of-State​
Private Tuition

$29,978

growing 2.26%

Average Wage

$66,047

growing 2.09%

People in Workforce

2.54M

growing 4.56%

Average Employee Age

41.1

declining 0.447%

About

The locations with the highest concentration of Clinical, Counseling, & Applied Psychology degree recipients are New York, NY, Minneapolis, MN, and Chicago, IL. The locations with a relatively high number of Clinical, Counseling, & Applied Psychology degree recipients are Palo Alto, CA, Summerland, CA, and Culver City, CA. The most common degree awarded to students studying Clinical, Counseling, & Applied Psychology is a masters degree.

Institutions

Information about the types of higher education institutions that grant degrees in Clinical, Counseling, & Applied Psychology and the types of students that study this field. Capella University awards the most degrees in Clinical, Counseling, & Applied Psychology in the US, but The Wright Institute and Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Clinical, Counseling, & Applied Psychology.

Tuition costs for Clinical, Counseling, & Applied Psychology majors are, on average, $7,139 for in-state public colleges, and $29,978 for out of state private colleges.

The most common sector, by number of institutions, that offers Clinical, Counseling, & Applied Psychology programs are Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above institutions (393 total). The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded, is Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above (16,977 completions).

Institutions

Institution with the Most Degrees Awarded in Clinical, Counseling, & Applied Psychology

The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded in Clinical, Counseling, & Applied Psychology, is Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above (16,977 completions).

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

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Tuition Costs for Common Institutions

$7,139

Median In-State Public

$29,978

Median Out of State Private

Capella University has the most Clinical, Counseling, & Applied Psychology degree recipients, with 863 degrees awarded in 2016.

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Specialized Colleges

Out of all institutions that offer Clinical, Counseling, & Applied Psychology programs and have at least 5 graduates in those programs, The Wright Institute and Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Clinical, Counseling, & Applied Psychology, with 100% and 100%, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded by County

Counties with the Most Degrees Awarded in Clinical, Counseling, & Applied Psychology

This map shows the counties in the United States colored by the highest number of degrees awarded in Clinical, Counseling, & Applied 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 Clinical, Counseling, & Applied 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 4 Digit Course Clinical, Counseling, & Applied 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 4 Digit Course Clinical, Counseling, & Applied 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

The closest comparable data for the 4 Digit Course Clinical, Counseling, & Applied Psychology is from the 2 Digit Course Psychology.

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

The closest comparable data for the 4 Digit Course Clinical, Counseling, & Applied Psychology is from the 2 Digit Course Psychology.

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

The closest comparable data for the 4 Digit Course Clinical, Counseling, & Applied Psychology is from the 2 Digit Course Psychology.

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

The closest comparable data for the 4 Digit Course Clinical, Counseling, & Applied 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 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 4 Digit Course Clinical, Counseling, & Applied 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 4 Digit Course Clinical, Counseling, & Applied 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 4 Digit Course Clinical, Counseling, & Applied 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 (16,577) of the degrees.

Workforce Age

The closest comparable data for the 4 Digit Course Clinical, Counseling, & Applied 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 Clinical, Counseling, & Applied Psychology are Masters Degree, Bachelors Degree, and Research Doctorate.

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Workforce Degrees

The closest comparable data for the 4 Digit Course Clinical, Counseling, & Applied 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 (81%)

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

    16,577 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    4,016 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    3,473 degrees awarded

This chart shows the number of degrees awarded in Clinical, Counseling, & Applied 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

    1,422 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino Female

    633 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American Female

    397 degrees awarded

This chart illustrates the differences by gender for each race & ethnicity of Bachelors Degree recipients in Clinical, Counseling, & Applied 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 4 Digit Course Clinical, Counseling, & Applied 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 Clinical, Counseling, & Applied Psychology field from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Clinical, Counseling, & Applied Psychology majors need many skills, but most especially Reading Comprehension. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Clinical, Counseling, & Applied Psychology majors need more than the average amount of Science, Social Perceptiveness, and Active Learning.

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 Clinical, Counseling, & Applied 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 Science is very distinctive for majors, but the Reading Comprehension, Active Listening, and Social Perceptiveness are the three most important skills for people in the field.

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