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Career Facts - Psychology Program

What They Do:
Psychology is the science concerned with mind and behavior and spans subject matter from biology to sociology.   Many problems facing society today are problems about behavior - drug addiction, personal and work relationships, violence, stress and our relationship with our environment.

Psychologists conduct research, serve as consultants to communities and organizations, diagnose and treat people with psychological adjustment disorders, teach, study work, home and social environments, promote physical and mental health, and develop solutions to meet the unique needs of the United States society and elsewhere.

Some of the sub-fields in psychology include clinical, counseling, developmental, educational, forensic, health, industrial/organization, neuropsychology, quantitative and measurement, physiological, psychometrics, school, social and sports.

Related Occupations:
The study of psychology is good preparation for many professions.  Employers are interested in the skills psychology majors bring to collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data, as well as their experience with statistics and experimental design.  Related careers are found in marketing research, special education, clergy and advertising.

Who Would Enjoy It:
Individuals possessing strong people skills and a commitment to helping others or enjoy doing research.  Psychologists work independently and also team with other professionals - scientists, physicians, lawyers, school personnel, computer experts, engineers, policy makers, law enforcement, public health officials, and managers.  They work in laboratories, hospitals, courtrooms, schools, universities, community health centers, prisons, business, corporate offices and disaster areas to help trauma victims.  While psychology careers can be varied with flexible schedules on a day-to-day basis, they can be demanding on time.

What They Earn:
Earnings vary greatly depending on location, type of work and educational degree obtained. 

Bachelor's - $15,000 - $28,000 (Jobs are limited)

Master's - $28,500 - $75,000

Doctorate - $36,000 - $90,000+

How Many Jobs Available:
Psychology is a discipline with a tremendous demand and growth potential. According to the American Psychological Association, it is the third fastest-growing field in America through the year 2005 and is anticipated to steadily grow for at last another 12 years after that.  Demand is currently high in corrections, corporate, and private sector.

How Much Schooling, Training, or Skill Development:
Students who graduate with an Associates Degree in psychology will typically transfer to a four-year institution.

People with a bachelor's level degree work as assistants in rehabilitation centers, high school psychology teachers, administrative support, public affairs, education, business, sales, service industries, health, biological sciences, computers, employment counselors, correction counselor trainees, interviewers, personnel analysts, probation officers, and writers.

At the master's degree level, individuals typically work as psychological counselors or handle research and data collection and analysis in universities, government and private companies.  Other careers are in health, industry, education, community mental health centers and industry.  These jobs would include survey research, employee training, data analysis, and general personnel issues. 

The highest paid and greatest range of psychology careers are available to doctoral graduates.  The greatest expansion of career opportunities for doctoral psychologists in the last 10 years have been in the sub-fields of clinical, counseling, school, health, industrial and educational psychology.   

What They Study at LCC
Follow the Curriculum Guide for Associate in Arts Degree with a concentration in Psychology

Links
Social Science and Humanities Department at Lansing Community College

LCC Advising

American Psychological Association

U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics

Psychology Program Contacts

E-mail Address

Kathleen Bonnelle, PhD

bonnelk@lcc.edu

Janis Elmore, PhD

elmorej@lcc.edu

Sharon Hughes, PhD

hughess@lcc.edu

Mark Kelland, PhD

kellanm@lcc.edu

Dr. Eric Snider,
The Associate Dean of English, Humanities and the Social Sciences

snidere@lcc.edu

Business Department at Lansing Community College

Social Science and Humanities Department
Arts & Sciences Building, Room 201
Phone: (517) 483-1018
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