Psychology jobs report: A big spike in job openings
The job market in psychology continues to be robust, with more than 6 million openings posted in the field, a new report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows.
Job seekers can expect an average annual pay increase of 1.2% to 1.3%, according to the BLS, which also reports that the average salary for the first year of employment in psychology has grown by more than 7%.
It is a big jump, but the job market is far from the bubble that some have feared, and a lot of the gains have been in psychology, not psychiatry.
The BLS report said that the percentage of job openings in psychology rose from just over 3% in the year before the recession to nearly 5% in 2015, and that the share of openings in psychiatry increased from 1.7% in 2011 to 3.4% in 2014.
It said the number of people in psychology who were employed increased by more people than any other field, from 6.2 million in 2011, to 7.7 million in 2015.
It is clear that psychology is still not on the bubble, but there is still much more to be done to support the field in terms of recruiting and hiring, said Laura Stenhouse, director of the Bureau’s Bureau of Economics and Statistics.
Stenhouse said the trend in the number and percentage of jobs posting in psychology is not as strong as some analysts had anticipated, but that more than 3 million openings are out there, and they will continue to be posted until the economy picks up.
“The number of jobs in psychology and psychiatry is higher than it was in 2007,” Stenhall said.
BLS report on psychology: Bureau of Labor statistics report, psychology jobs report 1.
Job openings in psych: 1.1 million 2.
Job seekers can anticipate an average yearly pay increase: 1.4 3.
Average annual pay for first year: $53,700 Average salary for first years of employment: $52,000 Number of jobs: 6.8 million Number in psychiatry: 1,976,200 Source: Bureau of Statistics