Demographics of the U.S. Psychology Workforce

In July of this year, the American Psychological Association (APA) released a report on the demographics of the psychology workforce in this country from 2005 to 2013. The report was prepared by the APA’s Center for Workforce Studies and was drawn from data collected by the American Community Survey. Key findings were as follows. While there were substantial increases in the number of retired and semi-retired psychologists, the increase in psychologists entering the field yielded overall growth of 3.2% in the number of active psychologists. The percentage of females continues to grow and they now outnumber males by a ratio of 2.1 to 1.0. The percentage of racial and ethnic minority members of the workforce grew during this period from 8.9% to 16.4%, but still lags behind both the diversity of the entire U.S. workforce (39.6%) and the nation’s doctoral/professional workforce (25.8%).

 

The full APA report is available online.

 

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