Should I Major in Psychology?
Dave Barry on Psychology
Psychologists are obsessed with rats and dreams... If you like rats or dreams, and above all, if you dream about rats, your should major in Psychology.
So Why Major in Psychology?
Major in Psychology to:
• Signal an interest in people and interpersonal skills
• Work in human services
• Continue in a Psychology-related graduate field
• Plan a career requiring people skills
• Develop quantitative and research skills
My Parents Want to Know
Will I be able to get a job with a bachelor's degree in Psychology?
• Nationally, less than 5% of Psychology majors report being unemployed
• It may not be in a field directly related to Psychology
Will I make any money?
• Yes, but not as much as in some other majors such as engineering. Jobs tend to be in public service areas.
How to Check Psychology Out
• Talk to some people who are majoring in Psychology
• Talk to Psychology instructors
• Take some Psychology classes as a part of your general education requirements
• Check out career services early
• Talk to professionals in the field of Psychology
Questions to Ask Yourself
• Do I like to work with people?
• Can I work with people who have problems?
• Is a Psychology major needed to reach my goal?
• How about the money?
• How do I know I will stay interested?
Some Jobs Held by Psychology Majors
Community and Social Services
• Human Services Worker
• Social Worker (in many states)
• Program Director
• Volunteer Coordinator
• Employee Development
• Training Coordinator
• For Developmentally Delayed
• For Delinquents
• For the Elderly
Management and Business
• Public Relations
• Restaurant and Hotel
• Career Services
• Residential Life
• Student Activities
• Parole Officer
• Correction Officer
• Juvenile Intake Worker
• Child Care Worker
• Peace Corps
• Teacher's Aide
• Opinion Survey Researcher
Source: Morgan, B., & Korschgen, A. (2001) Majoring in Psych? Career options for psychology undergraduates (2nd ed.) Boston: Allyn and Bacon.