Alaska is a huge state, and with such a widely dispersed population of only 700,000 people, and three major degree programs in the field, it is apparent that the state takes psychology seriously. Opportunities exist for all areas of study in psychology, but developmental psychology is a popular focus in a variety of the offered programs.
Accredited Training Programs
In Alaska there aren’t any campus based universities offering developmental psychology programs. Following universities offer undergraduate and graduate degree programs in related fields of psychology. Alternately, you can also consider enrolling in one of accredited online universities listed below.
The University of Alaska Anchorage offers clinical psychology, and general psychology programs. The school offers bachelors, masters, and doctoral degree programs.
The University of Alaska Fairbanks offers a clinical-community psychology, and general psychology program. Students can obtain either a bachelor’s degree or a doctoral degree from the school.
Alaska Pacific University Offers degree programs in counseling psychology and human services. The school offers online programs in addition to the campus for students. Students can obtain a bachelor’s degree or master’s degree from the school.
Education Requirements and Salary
The educational requirements vary depending on the employment opportunities available. Bachelor degree programs may open up opportunities for employment in human resources, health care industries, and substance abuse facilities. Master’s degree programs may open opportunities for employment within larger companies within the state, such as an organizational psychologist in a petroleum company, or as a counselor in the military. Job opportunities of any kind are scares in the state of Alaska, and the employment success rate is highly based on educational level.
The state of Alaska requires a doctoral program to be completed, and written and oral exams passed before practicing independently in the state. The psychologists undergo a two-year clinical supervision period while practicing in the state of Alaska, and must be licensed through the state.
Alaska offers one of the lowest pay rates for practicing psychologists in the United States. The state pays higher wages to industrial and organizational sectors throughout the state. The median salary an independent psychologist should expect to make is around $76,400 per year. Anchorage houses the majority of the state’s population, so for those looking to take up shop in Alaska, Anchorage is the place to be.
Recommended reading: License and education requirements for psychologists in Alaska.