What do they do?

Teach courses in psychology, such as child, clinical, and developmental psychology, and psychological counseling. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Also known as:

Adjunct Instructor, Adjunct Professor, Adjunct Psychology Instructor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Clinical Psychology Professor, Faculty Member, I/O Psychology Professor (Industrial/Organizational Psychology Professor), Instructor, Lecturer, Professor, Psychology Instructor, Psychology Professor, School Psychology Professor, Teacher

Typical Wages

Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary is projected to grow 11 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than average compared to all occupations.

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    Ranks #28 in job growth rate
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    Ranks #12 in net job growth

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Education Level

Percent of workers in this field with these degrees:

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (47.4%)
  • Master's degree (32.1%)
  • Bachelor's degree (14.6%)
  • Associate's degree (1.8%)
  • Some college, no degree (2%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (1.4%)
  • Less than high school diploma (0.6%)

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People in this career often have these skills:

  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Sociology and Anthropology - Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures, and their history and origins.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Therapy and Counseling - Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Teach social science courses at the college level.
  • Guide class discussions.
  • Evaluate student work.
  • Stay informed about current developments in field of specialization.
  • Attend training sessions or professional meetings to develop or maintain professional knowledge.
  • Administer tests to assess educational needs or progress.
  • Prepare tests.
  • Develop instructional materials.
  • Supervise student research or internship work.
  • Supervise laboratory work.
  • Hire personnel.
  • Recruit personnel.
  • Evaluate effectiveness of educational programs.
  • Develop instructional objectives.
  • Research topics in area of expertise.
  • Write articles, books or other original materials in area of expertise.
  • Create technology-based learning materials.
  • Advise students on academic or career matters.
  • Direct department activities.
  • Write grant proposals.
  • Maintain student records.
  • Write reports or evaluations.
  • Serve on institutional or departmental committees.
  • Promote educational institutions or programs.
  • Perform student enrollment or registration activities.
  • Select educational materials or equipment.
  • Order instructional or library materials or equipment.
  • Evaluate scholarly materials.
  • Compile specialized bibliographies or lists of materials.
  • Plan community programs or activities for the general public.
  • Advise educators on curricula, instructional methods, or policies.

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