Social Psychology

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Total Degrees​
Awarded in 2017
1,411
growing 3.29%
Median In-State​
Public Tuition
$8,918
growing 4.46%
Median Out-of-State​
Private Tuition
$39,210
growing 10.2%
Average Wage
$67,241
growing 1.81%
People in Workforce
2.64M
growing 3.83%
Average Employee Age
41.2
growing 0.185%

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The locations with the highest concentration of Social Psychology degree recipients are Irvine, CA, Parkville, MO, and . The locations with a relatively high number of Social Psychology degree recipients are Parkville, MO, Irvine, CA, and Maryville, MO. The most common degree awarded to students studying Social Psychology is a bachelors degree.

Institutions

Information about the types of higher education institutions that grant degrees in Social Psychology and the types of students that study this field. University of California-Irvine awards the most degrees in Social Psychology in the US, but Trinity Washington University and Park University have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Social Psychology.

Tuition costs for Social Psychology majors are, on average, $8,918 for in-state public colleges, and $39,210 for out of state private colleges.

The most common sector, by number of institutions, that offers Social Psychology programs are Public, 4-year or above institutions (18 total). The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded, is Public, 4-year or above (873 completions).

Institutions

The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded in Social Psychology, is Public, 4-year or above (873 completions).

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Tuition Costs for Common Institutions

$8,918
Median In-State Public
$39,210
Median Out of State Private

University of California-Irvine has the most Social Psychology degree recipients, with 658 degrees awarded in 2017.

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Specialized Colleges

Out of all institutions that offer Social Psychology programs and have at least 5 graduates in those programs, Trinity Washington University and Park University have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Social Psychology, with 16.2% and 13.1%, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded by County

Counties with the Most Degrees Awarded in Social 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 $67,241 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

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Social Psychology is from the 2 Digit Course Psychology.
$67,241
Average Wage in Workforce
± $1,097
1.81%
1 Year Growth
± 2.3%

The average salary for Psychology majors is $67,241 and the most common occupations are Elementary & middle school teachers, Social workers, all other, and Other managers.

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Highest Paying Locations

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Social Psychology is from the 2 Digit Course Psychology.

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

Note that the census collects information tied to where people live, not where they work. It is possible that Psychology majors live and work in the same place, but it is also possible that they live and work in two different places.

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Occupations

Most Common

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Social Psychology is from the 2 Digit Course Psychology.

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

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Social Psychology is from the 2 Digit Course Psychology.

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, Nurse anesthetists, and Physicians.

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Occupations by Share

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Social Psychology is from the 2 Digit Course Psychology.
2.64M
2018 Workforce
± 39,533
3.83%
1 Year Growth
± 2.06%

The number of Psychology graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 3.83%, from 2.54M in 2017 to 2.64M in 2018.

The largest single share of Psychology graduates go on to work as Elementary & middle school teachers (5.3%). 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

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Social Psychology is from the 2 Digit Course Psychology.

The highest paying industries of Psychology majors, by average wage, are Petroleum refining, Electronic component & product manufacturing, n.e.c. , and Rail transportation.

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Industries by Share

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Social Psychology is from the 2 Digit Course Psychology.
2.64M
2018 Workforce
± 39,533
3.83%
1 Year Growth
± 2.06%

The number of Psychology graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 3.83%, from 2.54M in 2017 to 2.64M in 2018.

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 Social 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 on those who earn a degree in Psychology in the US. The average age of a person in the workforce with a degree in Psychology is 41.2, and the most common degree type these workers hold is a Bachelors Degree. Female employees are more likely to hold Psychology degrees, and White students earn the majority (441) of the degrees.

Workforce Age

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Social Psychology is from the 2 Digit Course Psychology.
41.2
Average Age in 2018
± 0.197 Years
0.185%
1 Year Change
± 0.678%

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 27 years old, which represent 3.52% and 3.32% of the population, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded

The most common degree types awarded to students graduating in Social Psychology are Bachelors Degree, Associates Degree, and Research Doctorate.

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Workforce Degrees

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Social 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 Professional degree.

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Gender Imbalance for Common Institutions

Female (76.7%)
Most Common Gender with a Degree in this Field

This chart shows the granted degrees by gender at the 5 institutions that graduate the most students in Social Psychology.

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Race & Ethnicity by Degrees Awarded

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    441 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    401 degrees awarded
  3. Asian
    233 degrees awarded

This chart shows the number of degrees awarded in Social 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
    291 degree-grads_ethnicity_genders awarded
  2. White Female
    278 degree-grads_ethnicity_genders awarded
  3. Asian Female
    163 degree-grads_ethnicity_genders awarded

This chart illustrates the differences by gender for each race & ethnicity of Bachelors Degree recipients in Social Psychology. Hispanic or Latino Female students, who earn most of the degree-grads_ethnicity_genders 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 Social Psychology is from the 2 Digit Course Psychology.
Most Common Countries of Origin
  1. Mexico
    25,656 degree recipients
  2. India
    21,166 degree recipients
  3. Philippines
    15,830 degree recipients
High Relative Number of Students
  1. Croatia
    5.01 times more than expected
  2. Indonesia
    3.59 times more than expected
  3. Scotland
    2.9 times more than expected

There are a relatively high number of people that were born in Croatia that hold Psychology degrees (5.01 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 (25,656 degree recipients).

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Skills

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

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 Social 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 Writing are the three most important skills for people in the field.

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