To become licensed as a counselor in Alaska, you must first complete a doctoral degree in psychology. Then graduates must take the exam supervised by the Alaska Board of Psychologist and Psychological Associates Examiners.
After completing a graduate degree from one of the counseling psychology schools in Alaska and passing the state exam, Alaska counselors might be paid far above the national average. They make, on average, $73,000 per year. Pay will vary based on local demand. Those who live in Anchorage and Fairbanks have plenty of competition from psychologists associated with the universities there. Those who live in smaller towns can command higher wages simply due to supply and demand.
The University of Alaska in Anchorage
The University of Alaska in Anchorage has several graduate psychology programs. The college has both Bachelors of Science and Bachelors of Arts in psychology. It also has a masters of science degree in clinical psychology. It is one of only two colleges in Alaska with a doctoral program in community psychology; University of Alaska – Anchorage has doctorates in conventional clinical psychology and cultural psychology. For those who have finished a bachelor’s degree in psychology but do not have the time for a graduate degree, the University of Alaska has certificates in counselor education. Nurse practitioners can earn a certificate in mental health from this school. Those with only a certificate must be certified by a licensed psychologist.
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The University of Alaska Fairbanks
The University of Alaska Fairbanks has several different bachelor degrees in psychology. Its bachelor programs offer focuses on multiculturalism, psychological research, social perspectives and traditional psychology. It also offers a master’s degree for education counseling. Graduate students can continue on to earn a doctorate in clinical and community psychology.
Alaska Pacific University