From the article: Careers Options With a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology
Are you interested in psychology as a career? Share your dream job in the field of psychology! What is it that makes your future job pick such an appealing career option? Express your thoughts and learn more about the career aspirations of other readers. Share Your Top Choices
I do not know what to do
- I am in Kenya and am taking a degree course in guidance and counseling. In my country the job opportunities are available but the qualifications are high. One has to to have a minimum of 5 years in the field to land a well paying job. The course is enjoyable and am looking to go in for masters after my undergraduate. Your reviews are discouraging but some of you guys should learn to be positive. Rome was not built in one day so you cannot get a 100000 dollar job just after graduation. Reflect on your opportunities lest they pass you by...
- —Guest xavier
Love my degree
- I see a lot of satisfaction on this thread, and I just want to say that I am very glad I got my psychology undergraduate degree. Sure, it doesn't have much potential for practical work after just a BA or BS, but I expected as much. You do struggle with employment after college, but no more than anyone else with a humanities or social science degree. I knew going in that I would have to get at least a graduate degree to do what I want to do (private practice). Those in your early years of a psych undergrad, don't give up! Just know the reality of your situation. If it feels worth it to you, then go for it!
- —Guest Emily
- This article plugs a BA or a BS in psychology as a worthwhile investment because it is adaptable. While the experience gained by completing the degree is very well rounded and applicable to reality, the degree is essentially useless in terms of attaining any kind of job that provides even a modest income for a single person, let alone a family. The article states that most psychology majors go on to graduate school, law school, etc., and that is because graduates in the program HAVE TO in order to make it. Think long and hard about choosing a psychology degree if you do not have a specialty graduate program in mind that you could accept devoting an additional 4 years to as well as another large sum of money. The road to stable and satisfying work in the field is long and hard. College advisors tend to underemphasize these issues among many others. I could go on.
- —Guest Annie
Sad to see
- I am looking at this field as a way to create one that does not exist yet. I think that your field is what you make it. It is sad to see so many responses waiting for big brother or someone else to validate what you learned. Take a leap and use your skill. Create what you want in your life and don't wait for someone to offer you the pay, make it happen. It seems weird to me that everyone that has taken Psychology as a degree is so negative in the way they have used it, or that it was supposed to be a magic degree that never paid off. You all have talent. Make it shine and don't wait for someone else to do it for you. We need deep thinkers and people who know people in the world. Get creative. There are areas untapped. Think bigger. :) Hope this inspires at least someone.
- —Guest Guest Steph
why why why
- If I could go back ten years and change my major, been more practical, and done my research. I am 7 years out of school and nothing to show for it but debt. I am currently an educational assistant doing work a high school graduate can do. Looking to spend upwards of lord knows what for a masters.
- —Guest Adrianne
- Both me and my girlfriend got our BA in psychology in 2012. After nearly a year of attempting to find jobs we both had to settle for clerk positions because that was the most pay we could find. $12/hr. Every job out there for psych won't list the pay on the application because they all offer peanuts. Cant be a social worker because you don't have a social work certification or social work degree. No luck getting a position at an actual psych hospital or counseling position because so much competition out there and those people keep their jobs until they die. (and pay less than 25k/year). I have not even had luck with government/ veterans preference jobs. Luckily I'm using my military benefits to go to grad school for business although I need to take a bunch of pre-requisites. Do yourself a favor and get your undergrad degree in ANYTHING else.
- —Guest Marshall
- The responses have been overwelmingly negative, but I am to assume that the majority of these people are talking about a limited market (such as the city they residence in, rather than region, providence, or country) or opportunities that presented to them. As someone with a Bachelor's in Fine Arts, despite the invaluable knowledge and experience I had, there is an even more limited opportunity for employment. I am looking to switch careers - taking a Bachelor's in Social Work then a Masters in Psychology, later getting a Ph.D. in Pyschology specialising in Art Therapy. From other websites and sources, the Social Work is a more accessible course with more immediate job opportunities, then with a Masters, I could certify as a Psychologist (minimal requirement in my Providence) with meeting the requirements. Art Therapy is a specialised practise and is becoming more popular. In your opinion, is this a reasonable way to pursue my dream job as a private practise Art Therapist?
- —Guest Frosted Flakes
Criminology or human behaviour
- Am from Nigeria and hope to work with the law enforcement agency. I'm just about to start college but all what you people have written here is not encouraging. I am now scared of going into psychology, but I still believe we can make a difference. We can make the world to beg for us professionally the world need us people need us we are just like a pastor or pathfinder we are specially selected by God himself that is why we are psychologists. Please lets come together as one in a Godly manner and carry out that plan of God in the world even in the life of fellow men let make a good impact and may God help us all.
Psych and Computer Sci
- I''m nearly done with my Psych Bachelor and am going to pursue a Masters in Computer Science. The two go hand in hand (human computer interaction). My dream job is to land the role of User Experience designer. I don't expect my Psych degree will help till I get my masters..
- —Guest Mikey
- I am in the first year of my BA psychology program, and I love learning about psych. After doing so career research and reading these responses has made me rethink my major. Thank you all for sharing so honestly!
- —Guest Tim
I Made a Huge Mistake
- Besides honing in my critical thinking skills and becoming an all around more empathetic person, I regret every day the choice I made to go into psychology. I love learning about it but it is so tough and the job prospects for psych grads are terrible. Please, if you insist on degree in psych, double it with something more practical.
- —Guest kit
- I am doing a Bach degree in Psychology Behavioral studies with Advanced psychology & Criminology as my minors. The "Dream" for me is to become a Forensic Psychologist so after this stepping stone degree I'll be going for my Bach degree in forensic psychology then onto Honors/Doctoral degree as required in Aus. It'll be hard work. I am extremely lucky to be already financially funded so being paid bugger all & starting at the bottom isn't to much of a problem as the worry of not passing these degrees & never accomplishing my dream is. :-/
- —Guest Megan
- I had actually hope to become a medical doctor but due to some mysterious occurrence which I can't fathom humanly led me to study Guidance and counseling in which educational psychology is part of it. Getting job out there is quite elusive but God will help.
- Most school psychologist services are being contracted out to healthcare staffing firms. Pay is only slightly better than teachers make if you are able to find a job. Working conditions are poor, deadlines and case loads are brutal. Get your doctorate and do private practice or take your Bachelors and teach if you want to work in K-12 schools.
- —Guest Lynne
- I am 1 class away from being completed with my BSP and after reading the responses above I am even more scared. The possibilities seemed endless when I started this plan but now I am thinking maybe I should start on a masters. I want to work with kids this is all I know. Any suggestions...
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