Psychology Teacher, Postsecondary
Postsecondary psychology teachers teach psychology courses- including child, clinical, and developmental psychology, as well as psychological counseling- past the high school level. They also may conduct research.
Postsecondary psychology teachers most often work in colleges, universities, professional schools, junior or community colleges, or technical schools. After classes, they have generally flexible schedules and can spend that time in administrative, student advising, or research activities.
Postsecondary psychology teachers must have a doctoral or professional degree and a doctorate in psychology, and they will often need a license. This, on average, takes about 8 years to complete, but it can take more or less.
People who are able to speak in front of people, actively listen, think critically, can instruct, and have good oral and written comprehension will be successful at this job. It also helps if you are social, creative, and realistic.
Earnings & Job Outlook
The average salary for a postsecondary psychology teacher is around $66,940 at a junior college and around $79,350 at a university per year.
They typically have flexible schedules, only teaching about 12 to 16 hours a week.
Training can include being a graduate teacher assistant, but is not required.