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 graduates earn on average $36k, putting them in the 45th percentile of earners with a degree.
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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.