Psychology Graduate Programs in Texas
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The growing economy and population base of Texas is requiring more people trained at the graduate level in the field of psychology for work in its schools, healthcare system, private psychology practices, social services, and businesses. Those pursuing an applied specialization through a graduate certificate, master’s degree, or doctoral degree in psychology will find themselves more in demand in the field.
Texas continues to create more jobs and more opportunities for psychology graduates in the public and private sector. According to the Odessa American newspaper, Texas has been growing its number of residents by more than 1,000 a day. The infrastructure of social service employees and education professionals needed to support this population is important to consider. Opportunities for psychology graduates exist in every sector of government services but particularly in health and social assistance, which is predicted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to grow 11% through 2018.
Some areas of social services will grow more: individual and family services will grow 48%; vocational rehabilitation services, 25%; and community food and housing and emergency relief, 22%. Substance abuse and behavioral disorder therapy, and marriage and family therapy, will also have more opportunities for graduates, which is an important way psychologists serve their communities. This area of practice generally requires a master’s or doctoral degree, and state licensure. Another area of growth for psychologists will be geropsychology--working with the elderly in mental health and rehabilitation counseling, in design of facilities and equipment, and in management and program development at assisted living facilities.