Good news for psychologists: Job prospects are strong, and an ever-growing number of Americans are being exposed to the discipline at all levels of education.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment for psychologists overall will grow by 19 percent between 2014 and 2024, much faster than the 7 percent average growth predicted for all occupations. In contrast, employment of psychiatrists is predicted to grow by just 15 percent and social workers by only 12 percent.
Jobs for clinical, counseling and school psychologists are expected to grow even faster than employment for psychologists overall, with an expected 20 percent increase, spurred by the need for services for older people with aging concerns, veterans with war-related trauma and people with autism, the BLS says.
In non-health service subfields, employment of industrial/organizational (I/O) psychologists is expected to grow by 19 percent. However, I/O psychologists can expect stiff competition, BLS warns, noting the mismatch between the large number of qualified applicants and the 400 or so new jobs expected in the field.