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Quiz - Should I Major in Psychology?

Is Psychology the Right Choice for You?

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Psychology Major Quiz
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Not sure if psychology is the right choice for you? Take this quick quiz to help determine if you should major in psychology.

1. As a psychology major, you will be taking a wide range of classes covering many different subjects including personality, development, research methods, and cognition.

Do you enjoy taking psychology classes?

  • Yes
  • No

2. Part of the reason that many people are drawn to psychology is the helping nature of the profession.

Do you like helping people?

  • Yes
  • No

3. While there are opportunities for those with a bachelor's degree in psychology, they are far more limited. Those who go on to graduate school enjoy more career options, increased job demand, and higher pay.

Are you planning to go to graduate school?

  • Yes
  • No

4. Psychology professions, particularly those in the mental health field, can be challenging, stressful, and emotionally draining at times.

Are you good at coping with stress?

  • Yes
  • No

5. Psychologists work with a range of people. This might include clients suffering from mental illness, family members of clients, and other people who make up the mental health treatment team including physicians, psychiatrists, social workers, and other psychologists.

Do you enjoy working with other people?

  • Yes
  • No

6. There are tons of career options within psychology. While students often spend a lot of time learning about psychology, they sometimes neglect to research the many different career paths that are available.

Have you started exploring some of the different career options in psychology?

  • Yes
  • No

7. Psychology majors don't just study how people think and behave – they also take a lot of classes in experimental methods and statistics.

Are you interested in learning more about how to perform experiments and analyze statistical data?

  • Yes
  • No

8. Psychology professions can be rewarding and challenging. For example, those who work in mental health often have to deal with difficult situations involving clients, while those who work in other applied fields have to use their knowledge of psychology to develop real-world solutions to problems.

Do you enjoy solving challenging problems?

  • Yes
  • No

Scoring Your Results

Mostly Yes's:

Congratulations, majoring in psychology is probably an excellent choice for you! You most likely have a passion for the subject, you are thinking about graduate school, and are already exploring some of the many different career options that are out there.

Just remember, you might have decided on a major but that doesn't mean that the research and decision-making process is over. As you progress further in school, you still need to figure out what your plans are after graduation, what kinds of psychology classes you need to take now, and how to gain further experience in your desired specialty area.

Mostly No's:

Unfortunately, it looks like psychology might not be the best major for you. This doesn't mean that you should rule it out completely, but you might want to visit and academic advisor and spend some time considering other academic options. Related fields that might appeal to you include the science-oriented careers such as biology or chemistry, health professions such as nursing or public health, and social science fields such as sociology and political science.

Further Reading and Resources

Still not sure if psychology is the best choice for you? Be sure to explore our wide range of resources below. You will find even more information on some of the questions you should ask yourself before you decide on a psychology major as well as a few of the great reasons to earn a psychology degree.

If you are seriously considering a psychology major, then I highly recommend that you take the Psychology Career Quiz. It is a great way to get a better idea of which specialty areas might interest you the most and the type of career path that you might want to pursue.

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