Career Outlook for MA in Psychology Graduates

Your Future with a MA in Psychology

“WJC helped me gain a broader and more in depth knowledge of psychology. It proved to me that my passion is rooted in psychology.”
Morgan, Case Manager at Comprehensive Mental Health

The MA in Psychology program can prepare you to understand psychological research and theory to apply your knowledge to real-world situations. Carry out your role in science and practice with attention to cultural diversity, intersecting identities, upholding ethical principles and integrating the latest theories and research results.

As a graduate of William James College Master of Arts in Psychology program, you may explore related job titles:

  • Employee assistance program specialist
  • Employment specialist
  • Research coordinator/manager
  • Intake counselor
  • Care coordinator
  • Probation officer
  • Case manager
  • Mental health worker
  • Academic advisor
  • Victim’s advocate
  • Family services worker
  • Employee trainer

Employment settings to explore:

  • Law enforcement
  • Colleges or universities
  • K-12 schools
  • Child and family service organizations
  • Local, state, or federal governments
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Residential care facilities
  • Market research firms
  • Social service agencies
  • Human resource department
  • Religious organizations

*These examples are a general guide. Career options may require additional experience, training, licensure or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

Many psychology graduates work in management as their careers advance. About 12–15% of bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degree recipients hold management roles in their very first job, while others assume managerial responsibilities by their second or third jobs.- Datapoint: Management career trajectories of psychology graduates, APA Monitor, Vol. 52, No. 7

Salary Guide

According to, there is a range of salaries, which vary by industry and occupation.  Here is a sampling below. We encourage you to do your own research on or the Bureau of Labor Statistics to explore salary expectations for your geographical region and industry.

Job Title National Salary
Research Assistant $48,224-$85,287
Case Manager $72,600-$103,822
Mental Health Worker $35,162-$54,781
Parole Officer $47,540-$73,305

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