Average Psychologist Salaries?
When thinking careers in psychology you may be curious about the potential earnings of a Psychologist in Canada. This can hold quite a wide range of statistics and can vary depending on your location within Canada.
- According to PayScale Canada the average National Psychologist Salary in Canada is in the range of $44 510 to $148 188 as of March 25, 2011.
- According to the Alberta Occupational Profiles OCCinfo: A Psychologist in Alberta earned from $14.08 to $53.28 an hour with an average of $39.19 an hourin the 2009 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey.
- Here is a chart from the Living in Canada Website that divides the different Psychologist Salaries based on your location in Canada.These are based on the Psychologist Career Classification code – The National Occupational Classification (NOC) for a Psychologist is 4151 which can be found at the Canadian NOC website
Table: Average Psychologist Salaries Throughout Canada
|Calgary / Banff / Jasper / Rocky Mountain House – Alberta||15.31||37.28||54.69||2011|
|Edmonton – Alberta||13.81||36.62||49.81||2008|
|Vancouver / Lower Mainland Southwest – British Columbia||15.00||29.67||50.00||2011|
|Winnipeg – Manitoba||14.42||32.21||50.25||2004|
|Fredericton – New Brunswick||11.00||29.99||40.72||2007/8|
|Halifax – Nova Scotia||24.70||36.50||47.00||2010|
|Toronto – Ontario||18.00||32.11||46.79||2010|
|Hamilton – Ontario||19.64||28.46||46.16||2007|
|Waterloo Region / Huron / Perth / Wellington / Dufferin – Ontario||18.37||24.78||36.00||2007|
|Prince Edward Island||–||–||–||–|
|Montreal – Quebec||14.23||21.03||27.95||–|
|Saskatoon and Rural West – Saskatchewan||20.00||35.68||37.31||2006|
Careers in Psychology Options
There are many options available when in comes to choosing a career as a Psychologist, as well as careers related to Psychology. If you are interested in a neat little quiz to get a general sense on what Psychologist you may be a best fit for you may find Which Psychology Career Is Right for You to be entertaining. It all depends on what education you have (Undergraduate, Masters, PhD) and what areas of Psychology you choose to specialize in. Remember to research your interests as well as the options available to you at the University you choose to attend. If you are interested in practicing as a Psychologist there are many sub fields including but not limited to these options:
- Clinical Psychologist
- Counselling Psychologist
- Developmental Psychologist
- Educational Psychologist
- Forensic Psychologist
- Health Psychologist
- Industrial / Organizational Psychologist
- School Psychologist
- Social Psychologist
- Social Psychologist
- Sports Psychologist
When deciding what career as a Psychologist you may want to pursue it may be a good idea to do allot of research into the specifics of each subfield as there are many. Different Universities provide graduate work that usually focussing more in one of these categories than others.
For example: The University of Alberta offers MA, MSc and PhD programs in all five of these research areas:
- Behaviour, Systems and Cognitive Neuroscience
- Comparative Cognition and Behaviour
- Developmental Science
- Social and Cultural Psychology
As well provides options for a MEd and PhD programs in these subject areas:
- Psychological Studies in Education
- Counselling Psychology
- Measurement, Evaluation and Cognition
- Special Education
- School Counselling
- Teaching English as a Second Language
- Technology in Education Specialization
- Health Sciences Education
As you can see even under a singular University you have many choices of what to study after undergraduate studies in Psychology. If you are currently in an Undergraduate program and are still wondering what type of psychologist career you would like to pursue, then I would recommend asking yourself what courses you have enjoyed the most so far. Cognitive Psychology? Abnormal Psychology? Social Psychology? etc. Then from there research what related careers may be available in that subject matter. Determine how competitive that field is, and then research alternatives as a back up.
But what if you only have an Undergraduate in Psychology?
There are still many careers available depending on your interests and other skill sets. Always think about what you could supplement with your degree, and what other interests you may have. Some career could be in:
- Social Services
- Technical Writing
- Corrections Officer: Parole, Probation
- Labout Releations
- Health Services
- Marketing and Public Relations
- Mental Health
When planning your career or education as a Psychologist or in a Psychology related role, always plan, plan and plan! Psychology is a very diverse and open stream of study and work and the more you know on how to achieve your goals of interest and work the more success you will have!
If you are interested in finding Psychologist / and or Psychology related jobs in Canada please visit the Psychology Jobs page here at Psychology Canada. This could also provide a valuable resource when planning a career in Psychology to get a ‘real-world’ perspective on what’s out there currently in the job market.