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What Can You Do with a Master's Degree in Psychology? 

Psychology is the science of exploring how the mind works: how people interpret the world around them, make decisions, learn, interact and behave. Psychologists work in countless fields, from mental health settings to businesses, schools, government, hospitals and more. If you're interested in launching a career in psychology, advancing in your current role or pursuing a doctorate degree, a master's in psychology degree program can help you gain the knowledge, skills and qualifications you need to achieve your goals.

Psychology Teaching Careers

Teaching offers a broad range of career options in the field of psychology. For those who wish to teach psychology at the college level, National Louis University's Master of Arts in Psychology: Teaching of Psychology program can help in preparing for this in-demand career.

Employment of postsecondary teachers is expected to grow 13 percent through 2024, faster than the average for all occupations.1 The top employers for postsecondary psychology teachers are colleges, universities and professional schools (with an annual mean wage of $82,370), junior colleges (annual mean wage: $70,050), and technical and trade schools (annual mean wage: $50, 760).2

Graduates of NLU's M.A. in Psychology: Teaching of Psychology can gain the knowledge and skills to:

  • Design engaging, effective learning experiences
  • Write measurable instructional outcomes
  • Plan effective assessment instruments
  • Map assessments and activities to outcomes
  • Create course syllabi, classroom activities and content

Beyond that, graduates will be able to define a personal teaching philosophy, write a curriculum vitae and build a teaching portfolio  all vital for marketing oneself as a college instructor.

Psychology Subfields

Teaching is just one of many subfields of psychology. Psychologists can work anywhere and everywhere, and their work contributes to nearly every aspect of our lives. Below is a sampling of psychology settings and their related subfields.

Psychology & Business 

Psychology plays a major role in any business. From improving how managers choose, motivate, support and train employees to helping businesses design better products, psychologists help shape what makes a successful organization.

Psychology subfields in the business arena include:3

Psychology & Health 

Psychologists who are passionate about health use scientific research to better understand perception, learning, problem-solving, judgement, memory and more. With this research — plus in-depth knowledge of mental, emotional and physical disorders — psychologists can explore the relationship between mental processes, behaviors and health. Ultimately, this equips psychologists to improve healthcare systems and help people adopt health behaviors.

Subfields for psychologists interested in health include:4

  • Brain Science & Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Counseling Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Rehabilitation Psychology
  • Social Psychology

Psychology & Government or Social Organizations 

For psychologists who want to serve their community, a career in government or social organizations can be especially fulfilling. In this capacity, psychologists provide the expertise needed by social service organizations, government agencies, public safety teams, the military and the court system to help build stronger communities.

Psychology subfields in this area include:5

  • Forensic & Public Service Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Counseling Psychology
  • Social Psychology

Psychology & Schools 

Teaching isn't the only career available for psychologists who want to work in a school setting. Psychology plays a vital role in helping us understand how people acquire and apply new information. This information can help educators optimize the learning experience based on student needs, refine testing processes and improve instructional methods.

Subfields for psychologists who are passionate about education include:6

  • Psychology of Teaching and Learning
  • Quantitative Psychology
Source References [+]

1. "Postsecondary Teachers." BLS.gov. 17 December 2015. https://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/postsecondary-teachers.htm

2. "Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary." BLS.gov. 30 March 2016. https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes251066.htm

3. "Helping Businesses and Organizations." APA.org. http://www.apa.org/action/careers/business/index.aspx

4. "Promoting Health." APA.org. http://www.apa.org/action/careers/health/index.aspx

5. "Serving Communities." APA.org. http://www.apa.org/action/careers/communities/index.aspx

6. "Working in Schools." APA.org. http://www.apa.org/action/careers/schools/index.aspx

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  • CHICAGO DOWNTOWN CAMPUS

    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
    (888) 658.8632
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  • ELGIN

    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
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  • NORTH SHORE

    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
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    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
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  • WHEELING

    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
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    Established in 1988 and located in one of Tampa's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to its classrooms, the National Louis University Tampa Regional Center features a computer lab, student lounges, and conference room.

    5110 Sunforest Drive, Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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