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.

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Psychology (BA)
Liberal Arts & Sciences, College of


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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 9.8%$31,200
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors 22.3%$39,270
Social and Human Service Assistants 11.4%$29,790
Social Workers, All Other3.8%$59,100
Health Educators12.2%$50,430
Clinical Data Managers 33.8%$79,990
Training and Development Specialists 7.5%$57,340
Counselors, All Other11%$44,830
Forensic Science Technicians 26.6%$55,360
Animal Trainers11.1%$25,770
Social Science Research Assistants5.6%$39,460
Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialists4%$60,600
Human Resources Specialists 4.6%$57,420
Industrial-Organizational Psychologists 19.1%$76,950
Intelligence Analysts -1.2%$79,870
Lawyers 5.6%$114,970
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 6.4%$55,020
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 18.6%$61,290
Marriage and Family Therapists 14.8%$48,040
Internists, General9.4%#
Mental Health Counselors 19.6%$40,850
Neuropsychologists and Clinical Neuropsychologists 9.8%$92,110
Occupational Therapists 26.5%$78,810
Patient Representatives 9.8%$31,200
Physician Assistants 30.4%$95,820
Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists3.6%$49,060
Psychiatric Aides5.3%$26,220
Psychiatrists 14.9%$181,880
Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary 15.8%$68,690
Public Relations and Fundraising Managers7.1%$101,510
School Psychologists 19.6%$68,900
Social and Community Service Managers9.5%$62,740
Program Directors9.1%$69,100
Therapists, All Other 23.6%$55,900

* 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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