American Psychological Association Graduate Study in Psychology

Expand Your Career Options with a Graduate Degree in Psychology

A higher degree in psychology offers a wide range of rewarding career paths. Opportunities to utilize your education in psychology range from clinical psychologist, social worker, counselor, teacher, research roles, working in corporate settings and more. Not only does a career in psychology offer an array of gratifying roles, but the current environment is ripe for individuals with higher degrees in psychology as the demand for mental health professionals continues to increase (Clay, 2017).

The process for starting a career in psychology can be an overwhelming task as there are numerous degrees offered for the different career paths within the psychology field. And when you do narrow down your desired degree, searching through the thousands of available programs to find the one that meets your training and career goals can be time consuming and tedious. The following tips will help you navigate the process for choosing the right degree and program aligned to your needs.

Figure out the right degree for your career path.

Psychology is a broad field, so knowing what career path you want to explore and understanding what the education and training needs are for that career is a critical step in your application process. Careers in psychology vary from research-centered roles to ones that apply this research in counseling, clinical, or corporate settings. It is important to take some time to learn more about various career paths in psychology before you start searching for programs. You can learn more at

Find the program best suited to you.

Deciding on a graduate psychology program that best meets your training and career goals can be incredibly daunting. Using a tool like APA’s Graduate Study in Psychology can help simplify your search by allowing you to compare detailed information about masters and doctoral programs across the U.S. and Canada. You can easily search programs by degree, area of study, school, or location to find the program that most aligns with your interests and career goals.

Pursuing a higher degree in psychology can lead to an incredibly fulfilling vocation. Try not to be deterred by the numerous options available for a career path in psychology and don’t hesitate to lean on resources like APA’s Graduate Study in Psychology database to help simplify your process as you begin your journey.

Clay, R. A. (2017). Trends report: Psychology is more popular than ever. PsycEXTRA Dataset, 48(10).

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