If you are considering a PhD in psychology, spend some time carefully researching your options and thinking about your future goals. A doctorate degree is a major commitment of time, resources, and effort, so it pays to consider which option is right for your needs. The PhD in psychology can be a great choice if you are interested in being a scientist-practitioner in the field and want to combine doing research with professional practice. It is also great training if you are interested in working at a university where you would teach classes and conduct research on psychological topics.
The biggest employer for PhD’s in psychology is elementary and secondary education; these professionals comprise roughly 42% of the job force and earn an average salary of $70,000 a year. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, College professors earn a median salary of $62,050. Counselors at the master’s level make less than $40,000 a year; clinical psychologists with a doctoral degree can expect to earn double that figure. For those interested in making some money, Business Insider recently noted the top five highest paying jobs available in the field.
> Catalina Pérez, a fourth year doctoral student in the clinical psychology program, was awarded the Elizabeth Munsterberg Koppitz Child Psychology Graduate Student Fellowship from the American Psychological Foundation. It is awarded to 3-6 students nationally to support graduate student research in the area of child psychology. The award will be used to support Catalina's dissertation. The project's title is The role of home visitor and maternal depression on parenting practices : The case of an early childhood stimulation program in rural Colombia. Catalina will appear in an upcoming issue of the Monitor on Psychology.