Applied Business vs Clinical Psychology

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You’re fascinated by the human mind, and helping people is a passion. On a psychology track, is applied psychology for business or clinical psychology right for you?

Required Education

  • Applied Business: Master’s degree
  • Clinical Psychology: Doctoral degree in most cases

Fundamental Differences

  • Applied Business:
    • Applies psychology research and principles to solve business and organizational problems
    • Helps employees and leaders with work (and sometimes life) challenges
    • Advises companies on consumer behaviors and challenges
  • Clinical Psychology:
    • Uses psychology training to assist individuals
    • Works with patients 1:1 or in groups
    • Usually provides services within healthcare system

Where You’ll Work

  • Applied Business:
    • Any business/industry
    • Government
    • Nonprofit
  • Clinical Psychology:
    • Hospitals
    • Community health
    • Outpatient clinics

Common Jobs and Projected Growth

With the right education, a variety of career paths are available. Some examples include:

  • Applied Business:
    • Market research analyst (23% growth)
    • Statistical analyst (27%)
    • Organizational development analyst (19%)
  • Clinical Psychology:
    • Counseling psychology (12% growth)
    • School counselor (12%)
    • Clinical psychologist (12%)

Though salaries may vary, applied business psychology often means higher pay:

  • Applied Business:
    • Market research analyst: $63,230
    • Human resource manager: $110,120
    • Advertising, promotions, and marketing manager: $129,380
  • Clinical Psychology: Doctoral degree in most cases
    • Marriage and family therapist: $48,790
    • School and career counselor: $55,410
    • Psychologist: $77,030

A Master of Science in Applied Psychology from USC Dornsife can be the start to your career in clinical or applied business psychology.

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