A career in Higher Education as only a Researcher with a Doctoral degree in Psychology
You've earned your Psychology degree, gone to graduate school and received your Doctorate, and now you want a job in Higher Education. Is this possible? The answer is a definite "Yes". You will need to apply for jobs at a college/university where research is conducted. If you secure a faculty position you will likely in a department on the Main Campus or possibly on another campus, such as a Medical Center. Often, faculty members who are only researchers have positions based on what is called "soft money" which means you must apply for and receive grant money awarded from the federal government or a private foundation. Applying for grants can be very time consuming and lead to a lot of pressure, but higher education institutions are unlikely to pay you a regular salary if you are not engaged in teaching. Keep in mind that faculty who conduct research do so in various areas of Psychology. For a full listing of all areas go to the following American Psychological Association Site:
Using your Psychology to become a college Professor involved in teaching and research
For many students, earning a Psychology degree and then receiving a Doctorate is the path to being a Professor on a college campus. This job involves both teaching and research at a medium-sized or large university that awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees. In this setting, Professors spend a large portion of their time conducting research or experiments, and often apply for grants from the government or private foundations in order to fund their research. A college Professor may teach both undergraduates and graduate students. The former may be taught in relatively large classes.
Keep in mind that faculty who conduct research do so in various areas of Psychology. For a full listing of all areas go to the following American Psychological Association Site:
After you Psychology degree and Doctoral Degree, you can get a job in Higher Education in Teaching only
Once you earn your Psychology degree and then move on to receive a Doctoral degree, you may decide that teaching alone is best for you. You can get a job in higher education teaching acher only, these jobs typically involve only teaching undergraduates. Therefore, you would be hired at a Community College, Liberal Arts College (where relatively less research is conducted and where only Bachelor degrees are offered), or at a larger Research institution where you are hired in a "Teaching-only" track (e.g., "Special Titles" faculty or "Instructor"). Keep in mind that your job description will typically include other teaching-related activities such as advising and/or committee work (e.g., Curriculum Committee).