A Look at the Future of Psychology
Welcome to the first installment in our blog series taking a look at the future of some the occupational fields you’ll find here at Argosy University. Today, we’re going to be looking at some trends and career outlooks in Psychology.
Psychology as a profession really emerged after World War II and has continually evolved as new knowledge, research and changing cultural patterns have taken place. Those changes are continuing to this day and will present new trends as we move into the future.
For example, Industrial Organization Psychology is a growing field – according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS):
“Industrial-organizational psychologists also will be in demand to help to boost worker productivity and retention rates in a wide range of businesses. Industrial-organizational psychologists will help companies deal with issues such as workplace diversity and anti-discrimination policies. Companies also will use psychologists' expertise in survey design, analysis and research to develop tools for marketing evaluation and statistical analysis."
Additionally, according to the Society of Industrial Organizational Psychologists (SIOP) as told to the American Psychological Association (APA),
“Industrial-organizational (I/O) psychology has long been a popular and lucrative area, and it's growing: Membership in the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology or SIOP (APA's Div. 14), for example, has risen 11 percent since 2000, and student membership has gone up 63 percent in the same time period, says SIOP President Lois Tetrick, PhD.”
Another area within Psychology that is expected to grow is the area of Program Evaluation. According to the American Psychological Association,
"One particularly hot growth area for psychologists also has the potential to make a major difference in public health: program evaluation. Using psychological research tools, evaluators assess the strengths and weaknesses of programs, policies and organizations to improve their effectiveness, says Stewart I. Donaldson, PhD, who with Berger and Kathy Pezdek, PhD, co-edited "Applied Psychology: New Frontiers and Rewarding Careers" (Lawrence Erlbaum, 2006)."
School and Clinical Psychology is another expected growth area, according to the BLS, with the occupation expected to grow by 11% from 2008-2018. A big potential reason for this anticipated growth, comes from the APA’s Div. 16 (School) President Cecil R. Reynolds, PhD who notes that:
“There's a growing population of school-age children and more schools now recognize students' special needs.”
Also, "School board members, parents and the community are now telling schools to pay more attention to mental health," says Ron Palomares, PhD, APA's assistant executive director for policy and advocacy in the schools.
For more on some of the growth careers within the fields of Psychology, you may want to read the full article we’ve excerpted here at the American Psychological Association’s website or visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Psychology outlook page.
Stay tuned for part 2 of our series looking at the future of our areas of study with a look at the field of Criminal Justice.