Those with a background in media psychology will find career opportunities within a wide-range of employment categories with competitive salaries...
U.S. companies are increasingly hiring individuals knowledgeable in how humans interact with and use social networking tools - a major emphasis in media psychology. New Media and Online Media Specialists work in the marketing, public relations or communications departments for companies, advertising agencies and nonprofit organizations.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports the following for public relations specialist positions in August of 2009:
- New and Online Media Specialist - $47,000 to $90,000
Indeed.com reports the following average salaries as of August 2009:
- User Interface Designer - $79,000
- ( Salaries for these jobs are 26 percent higher than average salaries for all job postings nationwide.)
- Interactive Designer - $65,000
- (Salaries for these jobs are 5 percent higher than average salaries for all job postings nationwide.)
- Instructional Designer - $ 65,000
- (Salaries for these jobs are 4 percent higher than average salaries for all jobs postings nationwide.)
The education field will continue to see job growth for those with an understanding of how people learn using technology and virtual applications. Median salaries for Curriculum Developers range from $40,000 to $90,000 depending on location and years of experience, and $30,000 to $80,000 for Instructional Coordinators, according to PayScale.com.
Salaries for media psychology professionals interested in consulting to media production companies, news organizations, producers, directors, screenwriters and video game producers can expect median salaries ranging from $40,000 to $120,000 depending on experience.
To teach and conduct research at a university, a PhD. is required. Salary.com estimates that the median salary for an associate professor of psychology is $52,188.
The outlook for psychologists and psychology-related jobs is good. The BLS predicts employment of psychologists to grow by 15 percent from 2006 to 2016, faster than the average growth rate for all occupations.
If you are interested in applying a media psychology background to a number of available career options, or would like to teach and conduct research, consider pursuing a Master's degree in media psychology or a PhD in a related Psychology field.