Graduate Salary
8-12 years
Avg Length

Social Psychology Requirements

Social psychology is the scientific study of how people think about, influence, and relate to one another. It focuses on the situational influences of behaviour rather than on individual differences between people.

Job opportunities are available for social psychologists holding master’s degrees, but many organizations prefer applicants with doctorate degrees. Students interested in this field should obtain a bachelor’s degree in psychology or a related field and then earn a graduate degree in social psychology. Some universities permit students to bypass master’s programs and directly enrol into doctorate programs. It typically requires four to five years to obtain a doctorate degree in social psychology.

Because social psychology concerns the study of human behaviour, there are job opportunities for social psychologists in virtually every type of employment setting, including educational institutions, non profit organizations, corporations, government, and hospitals.

Social Psychology Careers

The career trajectory of people with a Social Psychology degree appears to be focused around a few careers. The most common career that users with Social Psychology degrees have experience in is Sociologist, followed by Drug & Alcohol Counselor, Human Resources Manager, Market Research Analyst, Data Scientist, Lobbyist, Social Worker, Marketing Manager, Professor, and Life Coach.

Career % of graduates % of population Multiple
Sociologist 1.0% 0.1% 14.0×
Drug & Alcohol Counselor 2.7% 0.1% 40.5×
Human Resources Manager 2.7% 0.5% 5.2×
Market Research Analyst 1.7% 0.1% 11.7×
Data Scientist 0.5% 0.1% 5.2×
Lobbyist 0.3% 0.0% 13.4×
Social Worker 7.6% 0.5% 15.5×
Marketing Manager 1.9% 1.3% 1.5×
Professor 1.2% 0.2% 5.0×
Life Coach 1.2% 0.1% 14.5×

Social Psychology Salary

Social Psychology graduates earn on average $36k, putting them in the 40th percentile of earners with a degree.

Percentile Earnings after graduation ($1000s USD)
25th (bottom earners) $34k
Median (average earners) $36k
75th (top earners) $45k

Social Psychology Underemployment

Social Psychology graduates are moderately employed compared to other graduates. We have collected data on three types of underemployment. Part-time refers to work that is less than 30 hours per week. Non-college refers to work that does not require a college degree. Low-paying includes a list of low-wage service jobs such as janitorial work, serving, or dishwashing.

Employment Type Proportion of graduates
Jobs that don't require college 58%
Part-Time 34%
Low-paying 3%

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