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Career Profile: Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary

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.

Salary and Outlook

According to the US Department of Labor, there are 44,100 people employed as psychology teachers, postsecondary in the United States. The median annual salary is $78,200. Entry level employees earn approximately $41,480 per year and senior employees earn approximately $155,800 per year.

Estimates do not include other potential benefits such as health insurance, overtime pay, or retirement benefits that may be offered by employers.

Job Duties

  • Participate in campus and community events.
  • Provide professional consulting services to government or industry.
  • Review books and journal articles for potential publication.
  • Compile bibliographies of specialized materials for outside reading assignments.
  • Act as advisers to student organizations.
  • Prepare and deliver lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as abnormal psychology, cognitive processes, and work motivation.
  • Initiate, facilitate, and moderate classroom discussions.
  • Write grant proposals to procure external research funding.
  • Maintain student attendance records, grades, and other required records.
  • Write letters of recommendation for students.
  • Serve on academic or administrative committees that deal with institutional policies, departmental matters, and academic issues.
  • Participate in student recruitment, registration, and placement activities.
  • Select and obtain materials and supplies, such as textbooks.
  • Supervise students' laboratory work.
  • Supervise the clinical work of practicum students.
  • Provide clinical services to clients, such as assessing psychological problems and conducting psychotherapy.
  • Evaluate and grade students' class work, laboratory work, assignments, and papers.
  • Keep abreast of developments in the field by reading current literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences.
  • Compile, administer, and grade examinations, or assign this work to others.
  • Prepare course materials, such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.
  • Supervise undergraduate or graduate teaching, internship, and research work.
  • Recruit and hire new faculty.
  • Plan, evaluate, and revise curricula, course content, course materials, and methods of instruction.
  • Conduct research in a particular field of knowledge and publish findings in professional journals, books, or electronic media.
  • Develop and use multimedia course materials and other current technology, such as online courses.
  • Maintain regularly scheduled office hours to advise and assist students.
  • Perform administrative duties, such as serving as department head.
  • Collaborate with colleagues to address teaching and research issues.
  • Advise students on academic and vocational curricula and on career issues.

Career List

Job Outlook


Total Current Jobs:
44,100
Annual Openings:
4,700
Increase in Openings by 2030:
10%
Annual Salary Range:
$41,480 - $155,800
Education Requirements:
Master's degree or higher