Industrial & Organizational Psychology

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Total Degrees​
Awarded in 2019
2,080
growing 9.13%
Median In-State​
Public Tuition
$7,818
declining 10.6%
Median Out-of-State​
Private Tuition
$30,788
declining 0.198%
Average Wage
$68,322
growing 1.61%
People in Workforce
2.74M
growing 3.72%
Average Employee Age
41.1
declining 0.2%

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The locations with the highest concentration of Industrial & Organizational Psychology degree recipients are New York, NY, Minneapolis, MN, and Chicago, IL. The locations with a relatively high number of Industrial & Organizational Psychology degree recipients are Los Alamitos, CA, Arecibo, PR, and Elmhurst, IL. The most common degree awarded to students studying Industrial & Organizational Psychology is a masters degree.

Institutions

Information about the types of higher education institutions that grant degrees in Industrial & Organizational Psychology and the types of students that study this field. Capella University awards the most degrees in Industrial & Organizational Psychology in the US, but William James College and The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Washington DC have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Industrial & Organizational Psychology.

Tuition costs for Industrial & Organizational Psychology majors are, on average, $7,818 for in-state public colleges, and $30,788 for out of state private colleges.

The most common sector, by number of institutions, that offers Industrial & Organizational Psychology programs are Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above institutions (80 total). The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded, is Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above (1,230 completions).

Institutions

Institution with the Most Degrees Awarded in Industrial & Organizational Psychology

The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded in Industrial & Organizational Psychology, is Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above (1,230 completions).

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Tuition Costs for Common Institutions

$7,818
Median In-State Public
$30,788
Median Out of State Private

Capella University has the most Industrial & Organizational Psychology degree recipients, with 150 degrees awarded in 2019.

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Specialized Colleges

Out of all institutions that offer Industrial & Organizational Psychology programs and have at least 5 graduates in those programs, William James College and The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Washington DC have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Industrial & Organizational Psychology, with 18.8% and 18.7%, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded by County

Counties with the Most Degrees Awarded in Industrial & Organizational Psychology

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Growth in Awarded Degrees

Counties with the Fastest Growing Number of Degrees Awarded

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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 $68,322 and the most common occupations are Elementary & middle school teachers, Social workers, all other, and Other managers.

The industry that employs the most Psychology majors is Elementary & secondary schools, though the highest paying industry, by average wage, is Petroleum refining.

Wages

Yearly Income for Common Jobs

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$68,322
Average Wage in Workforce
± $1,081
1.61%
1 Year Growth
± 2.24%

The average salary for Psychology majors is $68,322 and the most common occupations are Elementary & middle school teachers, Social workers, all other, and Other managers.

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Highest Paying Locations

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

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Occupations

Most Common

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

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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 School psychologists, Clinical and counseling psychologists, and Other psychologists.

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Highest Paid

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The highest paid occupations by median income for Psychology majors are Surgeons, Computer hardware engineers, and Physicians.

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Occupations by Share

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2.74M
2019 Workforce
± 40,253
3.72%
1 Year Growth
± 2.02%

The number of Psychology graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 3.72%, from 2.64M in 2018 to 2.74M in 2019.

The largest single share of Psychology graduates go on to work as Elementary & middle school teachers (3.98%). 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

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Highest Paid

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Industries by Share

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Industrial & Organizational Psychology is from the 2 Digit Course Psychology.
2.74M
2019 Workforce
± 40,253
3.72%
1 Year Growth
± 2.02%

The number of Psychology graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 3.72%, from 2.64M in 2018 to 2.74M in 2019.

The industry which employs the most Psychology graduates by share is Elementary & secondary schools, followed by Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges. 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 Industrial & Organizational 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.

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Diversity

Demographic information for those who earn a degree in Psychology in the United States. 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 are the most common race/ethnicty group awarded degrees in Psychology (999 students).

Workforce Age

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Industrial & Organizational Psychology is from the 2 Digit Course Psychology.
41.1
Average Age in 2019
± 0.192 Years
0.2%
1 Year Change
± 0.669%

This chart shows distribution of ages for employees with a degree in Psychology. The most common ages of employees with this major are 28 and 30 years old, which represent 3.24% and 3.2% of the population, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded

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

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Workforce Degrees

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Industrial & Organizational 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 (68%)
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
    999 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    364 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    267 degrees awarded

This chart shows the number of degrees awarded in Industrial & Organizational 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. Hispanic or Latino Female
    63 degrees awarded
  2. White Female
    57 degrees awarded
  3. White Male
    43 degrees awarded

This chart illustrates the differences by gender for each race & ethnicity of Bachelors Degree recipients in Industrial & Organizational Psychology. Hispanic or Latino 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 Industrial & Organizational Psychology is from the 2 Digit Course Psychology.
Most Common Countries of Origin
  1. Mexico
    26,735 degree recipients
  2. India
    21,975 degree recipients
  3. Philippines
    15,761 degree recipients
High Relative Number of Students
  1. Greece
    3.8 times more than expected
  2. Antigua & Barbuda
    3.28 times more than expected
  3. Belarus
    3.26 times more than expected

There are a relatively high number of people that were born in Greece that hold Psychology degrees (3.8 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 (26,735 degree recipients).

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for those working in the Industrial & Organizational Psychology field from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Industrial & Organizational Psychology majors need many skills, but most especially Reading Comprehension. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Industrial & Organizational Psychology majors need more than the average amount of Management of Financial Resources, Management of Personnel Resources, and Systems Analysis.

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 Industrial & Organizational 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 Management of Financial Resources is very distinctive for majors, but the Reading Comprehension, Speaking, and Active Listening are the three most important skills for people in the field.

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