Research & Experimental Psychology

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Total Degrees​
Awarded in 2020
15,161
growing 15.3%
Median In-State​
Public Tuition
$8,606
growing 3.87%
Median Out-of-State​
Private Tuition
$48,605
growing 3.7%
Average Wage
$69,982
growing 2.47%
People in Workforce
2.62M
growing 3.3%
Average Employee Age
41.2
declining 0.0124%

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The locations with the highest concentration of Research & Experimental Psychology degree recipients are New York, NY, University of California-Davis, CA, and Ann Arbor, MI. The locations with a relatively high number of Research & Experimental Psychology degree recipients are Petaluma, CA, Albion, MI, and Nevada, MO. The most common degree awarded to students studying Research & Experimental Psychology is a bachelors degree.

Institutions

Information about the types of higher education institutions that grant degrees in Research & Experimental Psychology and the types of students that study this field. University of California-Davis awards the most degrees in Research & Experimental Psychology in the US, but Albion College and Bates College have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Research & Experimental Psychology.

Tuition costs for Research & Experimental Psychology majors are, on average, $8,606 for in-state public colleges, and $48,605 for out of state private colleges.

The most common sector, by number of institutions, that offers Research & Experimental Psychology programs are Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above institutions (149 total). The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded, is Public, 4-year or above (9,497 completions).

Institutions

Institution with the Most Degrees Awarded in Research & Experimental Psychology

The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded in Research & Experimental Psychology, is Public, 4-year or above (9,497 completions).

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

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Tuition Costs for Common Institutions

$8,606
Median In-State Public
$48,605
Median Out of State Private

University of California-Davis has the most Research & Experimental Psychology degree recipients, with 806 degrees awarded in 2020.

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Specialized Colleges

Highest Concentration Institution
  1. 10.1%
  2. 10.1%
  3. 9.89%

Out of all institutions that offer Research & Experimental Psychology programs and have at least 5 graduates in those programs, Albion College has the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Research & Experimental Psychology, with 10.1%.

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Degrees Awarded by County

Counties with the Most Degrees Awarded in Research & Experimental Psychology

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

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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 $69,982 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 Pipeline transportation.

Wages

Yearly Income for Common Jobs

The closest comparable data for the 4 Digit Course Research & Experimental Psychology is from the 2 Digit Course Psychology.
$69,982
Average Wage in Workforce
± $1,142
2.47%
1 Year Growth
± 2.27%

The average salary for Psychology majors is $69,982 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, Physicians, and Atmospheric & space scientists.

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Occupations by Share

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2.62M
2020 Workforce
± 39,353
3.3%
1 Year Growth
± 2.08%

The number of Psychology graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 3.3%, from 2.53M in 2019 to 2.62M in 2020.

The largest single share of Psychology graduates go on to work as Elementary & middle school teachers (4.77%). 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 4 Digit Course Research & Experimental Psychology is from the 2 Digit Course Psychology.
2.62M
2020 Workforce
± 39,353
3.3%
1 Year Growth
± 2.08%

The number of Psychology graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 3.3%, from 2.53M in 2019 to 2.62M in 2020.

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 4 Digit Course Research & Experimental 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 41.2.

The most common degree type these workers hold is a Bachelors Degree. Female employees are more likely to hold Psychology degrees, and White students are the most common race/ethnicty group awarded degrees in Psychology (7,178 students).

Workforce Age

The closest comparable data for the 4 Digit Course Research & Experimental Psychology is from the 2 Digit Course Psychology.
41.2
Average Age in 2020
± 0.196 Years
0.0124%
1 Year Change
± 0.679%

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 26 years old, which represent 3.31% and 3.2% of the population, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded

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

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Workforce Degrees

The closest comparable data for the 4 Digit Course Research & Experimental 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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Sex Imbalance for Common Institutions

Female (77.8%)
Most Common Sex with a Degree in this Field

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Race & Ethnicity by Degrees Awarded

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    7,178 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    2,391 degrees awarded
  3. Asian
    2,107 degrees awarded

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

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Race/Ethnicity and Sex Combination
  1. White Female
    4,670 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino Female
    1,672 degrees awarded
  3. Asian Female
    1,519 degrees awarded

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

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Global Diversity

The closest comparable data for the 4 Digit Course Research & Experimental Psychology is from the 2 Digit Course Psychology.
Most Common Countries of Origin
  1. Mexico
    24,597 degree recipients
  2. India
    20,400 degree recipients
  3. Philippines
    15,840 degree recipients
High Relative Number of Students
  1. Europe
    3.45 times more than expected
  2. Iceland
    3.2 times more than expected
  3. Croatia
    3.09 times more than expected

There are a relatively high number of people that were born in Europe that hold Psychology degrees (3.45 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 (24,597 degree recipients).

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Skills

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

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 Research & Experimental 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 Speaking are the three most important skills for people in the field.

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