Psychology Professor

Teach university students about psychology.
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$36,000 – $122,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Psychology Professors do?

Psychology is the study of the mind. Considered a “soft science,” it encompasses elements of biology, chemistry, sociology, philosophy, and many other fields of study. Students who wish to work in the field of psychology need to earn a university degree, so they enroll in your classes.

As a Psychology Professor, you cover myriad topics in your classroom. The use of statistics, proper APA writing techniques, counseling philosophies, and brain processing are just a few. Whether you’re lecturing about Freud, spurring a conversation about memory retention, or grading midterms related to the structural components of the brain, every topic a Psychology Professor covers encourages curiosity and understanding from your students.

In addition to preparing lecture plans, assigning reports and homework, and mentoring students, Psychology Professors spend a vast amount of time on research. Of course, research requires money, so you balance your lab/office work with efforts to nail down funding for your most recent research ideas. With money promised and an idea well formulated, you guide your students through the process of describing the procedure, completing the experiment, and properly writing up the results.

When not in the classroom or the research lab, you’re immersed in the activities of the campus. Whether you work at a community college, a local university, or a well-established research school, taking part in the campus community earns you credit with students and administration alike.


Should I be a Psychology Professor?

You should have a doctoral degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Helpful: You always keep an eye out for what other people need.
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Adjunct Psychology Professor, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Associate Professor of Psychology See More

    How to become a Psychology Professor

    Most Psychology Professors have a Doctorate. Start by getting your Bachelor's degree. Chart?chd=s:aaaam9&chl=||||master%27s+%2838%25%29|doctorate+%2862%25%29&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,0,62
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