When selecting a psychology career, how big of a role does salary play? While some students place a heavy emphasis on projected earnings for a particular professions, others are more interested in finding a job that leaves them fulfilled. Obviously, these aren't mutually exclusive pursuits, but most job experts agree that money shouldn't be your only (or even your primary) consideration when choosing a career.
In her article on the ten myths about choosing a career, Dawn Rosenberg McKay notes that many people mistakenly believe that making a lot of money will make them happy in their chosen field. In reality, many job survey reveal that high salaries don not necessarily correlate with job satisfaction.
Money matters obviously, but there are plenty of other factors you should also consider when evaluating different career paths. Job outlook, educational requirements, and job duties are just a few of the things you need to think about.
Start by learning more about typical salaries for psychology professions, including some of the highest paying psychology fields as well as some of the lowest paying.
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