Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary
SOC: 25-1066.00


Teach courses in psychology, such as child, clinical, and developmental psychology, and psychological counseling. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
47,300 employed

Projected (2024):
54,700 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Abnormal Psychology Teacher
  • Adjunct Instructor
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Adjunct Psychology Faculty Member
  • Adjunct Psychology Instructor
  • Adjunct Psychology Professor
  • Applied Psychology Chair
  • Applied Psychology Professor
  • Applied Psychology Teacher
  • Assistant Professor
  • Assistant Professor of Psychology
  • Associate Professor
  • Associate Professor of Psychology
  • Behavioral Science Chair
  • Behavioral Sciences Instructor
  • Child Development Professor
  • Child Development Teacher
  • Child Psychology Teacher
  • Clinical Psychology Professor
  • Clinical Psychology Teacher
  • College or University Faculty Member
  • College Professor
  • Counseling Center Director
  • Counselor
  • Educational Psychology Professor
  • Educational Psychology Teacher
  • Faculty Member
  • Human Relations Professor
  • Human Relations Teacher
  • Human Services Instructor
  • Industrial Psychology Professor
  • Industrial Psychology Teacher
  • Industrial/Organizational Psychology Professor (I/O Psychology Professor)
  • Instructor
  • Lecturer
  • Mental Measurements Teacher
  • Philosophy Professor
  • Professor
  • Professor of Psychology
  • Psychological Science Professor
  • Psychology Department Chair
  • Psychology Instructor
  • Psychology Lecturer
  • Psychology Professor
  • Psychology Teacher
  • School Psychology Professor
  • Social Science Instructor
  • Social Sciences Department Chair
  • Social Sciences Professor
  • Social Studies Department Chair
  • Teacher

  • Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed


    Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.


    Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).

    Job Training:

    Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Programming
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Design
  • Mathematics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Prepare and deliver lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as abnormal psychology, cognitive processes, and work motivation.
  • Evaluate and grade students' class work, laboratory work, assignments, and papers.
  • Initiate, facilitate, and moderate classroom discussions.
  • Compile, administer, and grade examinations, or assign this work to others.
  • Keep abreast of developments in the field by reading current literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences.
  • Prepare course materials such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.
  • Plan, evaluate, and revise curricula, course content, course materials, and methods of instruction.
  • Maintain student attendance records, grades, and other required records.
  • Supervise undergraduate or graduate teaching, internship, and research work.
  • Maintain regularly scheduled office hours to advise and assist students.
  • Conduct research in a particular field of knowledge and publish findings in professional journals, books, or electronic media.
  • Advise students on academic and vocational curricula and on career issues.
  • Select and obtain materials and supplies such as textbooks.
  • Collaborate with colleagues to address teaching and research issues.
  • Serve on academic or administrative committees that deal with institutional policies, departmental matters, and academic issues.
  • Compile bibliographies of specialized materials for outside reading assignments.
  • Participate in student recruitment, registration, and placement activities.
  • Supervise students' laboratory work.
  • Perform administrative duties such as serving as department head.
  • Act as advisers to student organizations.
  • Write grant proposals to procure external research funding.
  • Participate in campus and community events.
  • Provide professional consulting services to government or industry.
  • Develop and use multimedia course materials and other current technology, such as online courses.
  • Provide clinical services to clients, such as assessing psychological problems and conducting psychotherapy.
  • Supervise the clinical work of practicum students.
  • Review books and journal articles for potential publication.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Carousel slide projectors
  • Compact digital cameras
  • Compact disk CD players
  • Computer data input scanners
  • Computer laser printers
  • Computer projectors
  • Conference telephones
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital audio recorders
  • Digital calculators
  • Digital video cameras
  • Digital video disk DVD players
  • Eye tracking systems
  • Handheld microphones
  • Interactive whiteboard controllers
  • Interactive whiteboards
  • Laptop computers
  • Laser facsimile machines
  • Laser scanning microscopes
  • Liquid crystal display LCD projectors
  • Liquid crystal display LCD televisions
  • Magnetic resonance imaging MRI scanners
  • Medical positron emission tomography PET scanners
  • Microphone podiums
  • MP3 digital voice recorders
  • Multi-line telephone systems
  • Multimedia projection equipment
  • Opaque projectors
  • Optical scanning microscopes
  • Overhead data projectors
  • Photocopying equipment
  • Poster printers
  • Projector screens
  • Scanning electron microscopes
  • Stereo fluorescence macroscopes
  • Student response systems
  • Tablet computers
  • Television monitors
  • Transmission electron microscopes TEM
  • Universal serial bus USB flash drives
  • Videoconferencing equipment
  • Webcams
  • Wireless microphones
  • Biomedical Imaging Resource Analyze
  • Blackboard Learn
  • Calendar and scheduling software
  • Cedrus SuperLab Pro
  • Cengage Learning Sniffy the Virtual Rat
  • Collaborative editing software
  • Course management system software
  • Data entry software
  • Desire2Learn
  • DOC Cop
  • Email software
  • Empirisoft DirectRT
  • Empirisoft MediaLab
  • ePsych
  • FreeSurfer
  • Google Docs
  • Image scanning software
  • iParadigms Turnitin
  • Learning management system LMS software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Word
  • Millisecond Software Inquisit
  • Minitab software
  • Moodle
  • Multivariate Software EQS
  • Psychology Software Tools E-Prime
  • Psychology Software Tools MRI Simulator
  • Psychophysics Toolbox
  • PsychSim
  • PsyScope
  • PsyScript
  • Qualtrics Research Suite
  • R
  • Sakai CLE
  • SAS software
  • Scientific Software International HLM
  • Sona Systems Experiment Management System
  • SPSS software
  • SurveyWiz
  • The MathWorks MATLAB
  • Web browser software
  • Word processing software
  • XNAT

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    industry stats

    SOC: 25-0000

    Total Employed: 8,542,670

    Average Annual Salary: $53,000