Number of Licenses

Number of Licenses

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Psychology licensing boards are responsible for governing the practice of psychology in their state, province or territory. In order to practice as a psychologist in the U.S. and Canada, a psychologist must obtain an active license to practice psychology from their state or provincial psychology licensing board. Each year, ASPPB surveys the psychology licensing boards regarding the numbers of licenses they maintain and issue. The following information displays data from the number of licenses maintained and issued in 2020 by respondents.

Number of Licenses
Minimum Number of Licenses in a Jurisdiction-650
Average Number of Licenses in a Jurisdiction-650
Number of Licenses

Number of Licenses
Number of Licenses

US and Canadian jurisdictions shading displayed separately. 

Number of Licenses by Jurisdiction


Number of Licenses Per 100,000 Population – U.S.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division / Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for the United States, Regions, States, and the District of Columbia: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2020 (NST-EST2020) / Release Date: December 2020 


Number of Licenses Per 100,000 Population – Canada

Source: Statistics Canada
https://www.statcan.gc.ca/eng/start
https://www12.statcan.gc.ca/census-recensement/2016/dp-pd/hlt-fst/as/Table.cfm?Lang=E&T=21