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Psychology (BA)

In the Psychology BA degree program at ASU's Tempe campus, students use scientific methodology to explore fundamental questions about the brain, mind and behavior. Students work with faculty and other psychology majors in a collaborative, diverse environment in coursework, research and other engagement activities to explore such fascinating questions as whether robots can explain how we field in baseball; what effects stress and emotions have on adolescent adjustment; how humans recognize and regulate emotions; how body image relates to eating disorders; how chronic stress affects the brain; how evolution shapes our choice of partner; and what the physical and psychological consequences of substance abuse might be in adolescents.

Degree Offered

Psychology (BA)
Liberal Arts & Sciences, College of

Location
Tempe

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Career Outlook

The Bachelor of Arts in psychology is designed to prepare students to work in a variety of settings that provide opportunities to apply concepts and principles of psychology. This degree program provides students the opportunity to develop a broad range of highly marketable skills, including analytical skills, writing and public speaking skills, as well as teamwork and leadership skills, which lead to many career opportunities or graduate degrees in academic or clinical psychology or in such fields as counseling, social work, family therapy and law.

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:


Career*growth*median salary
Customer Service Representatives 4.9%$32,890
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors 23.2%
Social and Human Service Assistants 16.4%$33,120
Social Workers, All Other8.3%$61,980
Health Educators 14.5%$53,940
Clinical Data Managers 33.8%$84,060
Training and Development Specialists 11.5%$60,360
Counselors, All Other 14.3%$43,370
Forensic Science Technicians 16.8%$57,850
Animal Trainers 11.2%$28,880
Social Science Research Assistants4.3%$46,000
Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialists8.5%$62,680
Human Resources Specialists7.1%$60,350
Industrial-Organizational Psychologists8.4%$87,100
Intelligence Analysts4.5%$79,970
Lawyers8.2%$119,250
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 5.2%$56,970
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 23.2%$63,230
Marriage and Family Therapists 23.4%$48,790
Internists, General 14.6%$192,930
Mental Health Counselors 23.1%
Neuropsychologists and Clinical Neuropsychologists 10.5%$97,740
Occupational Therapists 23.8%$83,200
Patient Representatives 4.9%$32,890
Physician Assistants 37.3%$104,860
Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists5.7%$51,410
Psychiatric Aides5.5%$27,110
Psychiatrists 11.2%#
Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary 15.1%$73,770
Public Relations and Fundraising Managers 10.4%$111,280
School Psychologists 14.3%$75,090
Social and Community Service Managers 18%$64,100
Program Directors 12.2%$71,620
Therapists, All Other 19.9%$53,850

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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