Community Psychology
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Community psychology is a program that prepares individuals to apply psychological principles to the analysis of social problems, and the implementation of intervention strategies for addressing these problems. includes instruction in social ecology, primary and secondary prevention of social pathologies, social intervention strategies and tactics, large group counseling, social services systems behavior, creating settings, cultural stress, and the dynamics of social change.
School with the highest reported median starting salary ($45K) with a Bachelor's Degree: Embry - Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach
Career with the highest median salary ($147K) where most workers have a Bachelor's Degree: Postal Service Clerks
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Careers for program graduates
Community psychology majors work in these careers, which are sized by percentage of majors in the career (at least 1%) and colored by the predominant level of education.
Educational, Guidance, and Car...Specialized CounselorsMental Health CounselorsSpecialized Social WorkersElementary and Middle School S...Specialized TherapistsSubstance Abuse and Behavioral...Social and Community Service M...Education and childcare admini...Specialized ManagersPostsecondary TeachersMedical and Health Services Ma...Specialized PsychologistsMarriage and Family TherapistsChild, Family, and School Soci...Residential AdvisorsRehabilitation CounselorsClergy
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Current completions
What level of degree do most graduates achieve, and do they match what your goals?
02004006008001-2 Year CertificateBachelor's DegreePostbaccalaureate CertMaster's DegreePost-master's CertResearch Doctorate
Completions over time
Have completions for counseling psychology changed over time? Increasing completions may mean you'll likely have an easier time finding a school that offers this degree, with the opposite being true as well.
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Salary and Debt
How are students who recently completed a degree in community psychology doing?
Below is the distribution of starting salaries along with accumulated federal and private education loans across schools that offer a degree in the field clinical, counseling and applied psychology, which includes community psychology.
Median starting salaries
$32K$46K$54K$65K$0$20K$40K$60K$80KDoctoratePost-master's CertMaster'sBachelor's
Median cumulative loan amount
$26K$50K$42K$140K$0$50K$100K$150K$200KDoctoratePost-master's CertMaster'sBachelor's
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Context: median salaries
How does the median (middle) salary for counseling psychology majors compare to the median salaries for other college majors?
Distribution: counseling psychology majors' salaries by education level
What is the salary distribution for graduates with a bachelor's incounseling psychology by the level of their highest degree (Graduate degrees may not be in the same field as the bachelor’s)
We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.
Is a bachelor's degree all you need?
Education level of workers with a bachelor's in counseling psychology
Is a bachelor's degree going to be sufficient to make you competative in the job market? We can look at the education level of workers with a bachelors in this degree to see if there is a likely need for a graduate degree. You'll also want to check out the careers section on this page to where they are employed.
This chart shows the level of education of workers with a bachelor's degree in counseling psychology. The worker's graduate degree may have been completed in a different field.
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Context: Graduate degrees in any field by undergraduate ACS degree
About 76% of counseling psychology majors chose to also earn a graduate degree (possibly of a different major). The percentage of counseling psychology majors who also earned a graduate degree is higher than about 98% of other fields.
Context: Percentage salary boost obtained with a graduate degree
How important is a graduate degree for earning a higher salary? We can see the difference in salary of workers with a bachelors in this degree to workers with a bachelor’s AND a graduate degree.
28%62%30%0%20%40%60%80%Bachelor's to Master'sBachelor's to DoctorateBachelor's to Professional
Top careers for those with a degree in counseling psychology
Following are the most frequent jobs held by people who earned a bachelor's degree in Counseling Psychology (which combines 9 programs), though may not be limited to just those with a bachelor’s.
  1. Educational, Guidance, and Career Counselors and Advisors
  2. Specialized Counselors
  3. Mental Health Counselors
  4. Specialized Social Workers
  5. Elementary and Middle School School Teachers
  6. Specialized Therapists
  7. Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors
  8. Social and Community Service Managers
  9. Education and childcare administrators
  10. Specialized Managers
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Careers for counseling psychology majors
Where do counseling psychology majors work, and how well do those jobs pay? A ** in the job title indicates that the Department of Education recommends this job for this program.
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The top ten careers for workers with a bachelor's in counseling psychology
Take a minute to interact with this sankey diagram. Follow the top ten jobs held by counseling psychology graduates through to their most hired majors. Learn where it may easiest to find work. Expand the careers to explore other majors that might lead to the job that excites you the most. *For many majors, the top ten jobs don't even include half of graduates!*
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Educational, Guidanc...Specialized Counselo...Mental Health Counse...Specialized Social W...Elementary and Middl...Specialized Therapis...Substance Abuse and ...Social and Community...Education and childc...Specialized ManagersAll othersThis degreeTop 10 Careers
What careers hire counseling psychology majors as one of their top 10?
To the left of this diagram, see all careers that hire counseling psychology majors as one of their top 10 majors, and on the right, see what proportion of openings for the jobs on the left are filled by counseling psychology majors.
Counseling PsychologyAll other degreesMental Health CounselorsSpecialized CounselorsEducational, Guidance, an...Marriage and Family Thera...Rehabilitation CounselorsSubstance Abuse and Behav...Clinical and Counseling P...All other careersDegreeDegree in top 10 employed
Where can I complete this degree
Explore schools that offer community psychology degrees and certificates
You can use this table to find schools that offer this program based on location and program level offered. Each entry goes to a school page similar to this one with all our information about that school.
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The school list includes a few facts about each school that give you an idea of the educational quality each school might offer:

  • Student-Faculty Ratio: A small number of students per full-time instructor suggests individual attention for each student and an up-to-date curriculum.

  • Satisfaction Rate: A high percentage of returning first-year students should correlate with satisfaction (schools call this their retention rate).

  • Repayment Rate: A high repayment rate means most alumni earn enough to make progress repaying loans within 7 years of leaving.

We also show the total enrollment for the school as measured by full-time-equivalent (FTE) students enrolled annually.

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Top 10 similar programs
Following are related programs, ordered by those with the highest number of completions. You can explore a full list by pressing the more details button.
  1. Psychology
  2. Human Development and Family Studies
  3. Counseling Psychology
  4. Specialized Study in Research and Experimental Psychology
  5. Clinical Psychology
  6. Child Development
  7. Behavioral Sciences
  8. Applied Behavior Analysis
  9. School Psychology
  10. Specialized Study in Psychology
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Careers for counseling psychology majors
counseling psychology is part of a larger collection of programs: Psychology. Is there a different program that's close to counseling psychology that might be a better match for your interests? You can use this table to see a little about the programs that fall under this umbrella. If you click on any of the table headers, that will sort the table by that column, or click on a row and see Ididio's profile for that program.
Gender of recent graduates
Of all people with any degree in community psychology earned in the last academic year, 83% were women.
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Completions over time
Have completions by gender changed over time, or at specific levels of education?
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Context: Gender representation
How does the gender distribution in this major compare to all other majors?
Context: Percentage women
This major has a higher percentage of women than 84% other programs.
Distribution: salaries by gender
Does gender greatly influence your salary with this degree? The closer the bar are, the less discrepancy there is.
Context: Salary inequity
For counseling psychology graduates, men have a 7% higher median salary than women, This is better than many: 92% of programs have graduates with higher salary inequities.
Race/Origin of recent graduates
Here is an overview of race/origin for all community psychology graduates from this last academic year. We found a lower percentage of international graduates than in 48% of other programs.
Pacific Islander
American Indian
Not Reported
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Context: Percentage of Minority Graduates
Minority students comprise a higher percentage of graduates than in 61% of other programs.