Penn State Mont Alto offers new bachelor’s degree in psychology

MONT ALTO, Pa. — This fall, Penn State Mont Alto is offering a bachelor’s degree in psychology — a degree that has strong job prospects.

Overall employment for psychologists will grow by 19 percent between 2014 and 2024, faster than the 7 percent average growth predicted for all occupations, as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics. In contrast, employment of psychiatrists is predicted to grow by 15 percent and social workers by 12 percent.

Jobs for clinical, counseling and school psychologists are expected to grow even faster than employment for psychologists overall, with an expected 20 percent increase, spurred by the need for services for older people with aging concerns, veterans with war-related trauma and people with autism, Mont Alto reported in a news release.

“A psychology degree is extremely marketable because students develop valuable and transferable skills, such as writing, communicating, investigating and understanding behavior, that will serve them well in many different employment settings,” Michael Doncheski, Penn State Mont Alto chief academic officer, said in the release.

With the addition of psychology, Penn State Mont Alto now offers eight bachelor’s degrees and seven associate degrees. With Penn State’s 2+2 Program, students can attend Penn State Mont Alto for the first two years of study, stay to complete their bachelor’s degrees, or transfer to another Penn State campus to complete their studies choosing from among 160 majors.

More information about the program can be found at montalto.psu.edu/psychology.