Post # 1
To any bees that majored in Psych at least in undergrad, what do you do now? Is it what you originally wanted to do?
Those that went to grad school- what did you get your degree in?
And finally, if it isn’t too personal, I would love to know your salary. I know it makes a huge difference depending on where you live and what not, but I would really love to be able to compare and contrast different professions.
Post # 3
I did not major in psychology, but my Mom did so I thought I’d throw her info into the mix . . . she ended up going back to school after her kiddos were grown up and getting her specialist degree (masters + 30 credit hours) in School Psychology, did that for 7-10 years or so and then got her certification to be a special ed director, and is working as a special ed supervisor. I think she makes somewhere in the $70ks.
Post # 4
I really debated going into School Psych! One question I could never find the answer to was this (idk if you can answer it?): I heard they only sign contracts on a year to year basis, and often move around to different school districts. Is that true? That was the only thing that kept me from pursuing it, because I wanted to be able to settle down in the same town for a long period of time.
Post # 5
I majored in psychology during undergrad. The degree I earned was a bachelors of science vs bachelors of arts so my focus was more on drugs and human behavior. Without a graduate degree it wasn’t really marketable. I ended up working in the autmotive industry for a little while as an internet specialist/photographer. I just went back to school for my nursing degree- after I graduate I’m thinking about completing my masters degree in Psychiatric Nurse Practioning, but am unsure. I hear psychiatric departments are the first to get cut. Plus, I’m not really sure what I want to do.
I’m against earning a bachelors of psychology unless you plan on attending graduate school.
Post # 6
My mom has been in the same district since she’s graduated, so about 12 years or so. I think they have kept most of their psychs every year, at one point they were having to cut back but I think they were able to do that by not replacing people who went on maternity leave, retired, etc.
I will say that she enjoyed being a psych and as a supervisor she kind of misses being around the kiddos.
Post # 7
I’m a school psych in CA. I got my BA in psychology. Then went on for my MA in education and a Pupil Personnel Services credential. I currently work in the public schools. I have been working for 6 years. I spent my internship year in one district then moved districts and have been in that district for 5 years. In our district we are on the same contract as the teachers with a higher pay scale. We are district employees so our assignments as far as which schools we work at can change every year but I’ll be in the same district until I quit or move because I am now tenured. I would prefer not to give my exact salary but the district salary schedule is $60,000-105,000.
On another note, my sister got her BA in psychology and doesn’t use it. She went on to get her teaching credential and now teaches elementary school level.
Post # 8
I am in the middle of a phd. have ba and masters. I however, stopped going to school many years ago and do not use any of my psych degrees. I had planned on going into criminal psych. I also have degrees in criminal justice which I do not use either on a professional level. I have used them doing some volunteer work.
Post # 9
I majored in psych and then went on to get my masters in mental health counseling. I worked as a case manager in a housing program, providing counseling and services to mentally ill adults. I made about $40,000. I just got my license in the spring so now I’m looking for new work with a different population.
Post # 10
I have a bachelor’s in psychology. While I really enjoyed my courses, I have to say it’s pretty a worthless degree. I’ve yet to have a job in a related field. However it’s a really great place to start if you’re not quite sure what you want to do and you know you want to pursue at least a master’s degree. Friends I graduted with have gone on to get a master’s in everything from nursing to marketing to public health to counseling…
Post # 11
I got my BA in school psychology. I then got my masters in school psychology, which was a very competitive program to get into. Unfortunately, when I graduated the NYC board of education decided to set up a freeze for any new hires and I have now been waitressing for 2 years. I have interviewed for several jobs that were “beneath me” and I didn’t get call backs for. You didn’t provide much information, but if you can please major in something that can get you jobs right out of college.
Post # 12
I meant I got my BA in psychology and master’s in school psychology.
Post # 13
I got my BA in psychlogy and art (double major) and went to graduate school for my masters in social work. I chose this path because I knew I wanted to become a therapist, and out of the graduate options that were shared, this seemed like the best choice for me.
Currently, I’m working as a therapist (job title social worker, which can be pretty open in meaning), and I really love what I’m doing. Generally, social worker salaries, at least in the beginning, range from $38,000 to $50,000. So, not the best paying work. Though honestly, I think most people who do the work do it because they really love it more than to become wealthy. And I do really like what I do. 🙂
Post # 14
I graduated in 2010 with my bachelors in psychology. I’m working as a Research Assistant at a university for a year and then plan to (hopefully!) get my specialist degree in school psychology. My salary right now is ~$30k…nothing to brag about, but it’s liveable. Like other bees have posted, a bachelors in psych is not worth much. I’d say go to grad school, for sure. And if you have geographic flexibility, move to a place that isn’t saturated with psychologists (i.e. the NY/NJ area) and you should be successful in finding a job!
Post # 15
I got my bachelor’s in math and psychology and went directly into a master’s program in early childhood special education. Now I am an assistant teacher in a special ed classroom, making about $20k. I’m an assistant because I needed to take a break from having so much work all the time lol (the teachers I work with get in before I do, and stay hours later than I do, just doing prepwork and stuff). When I am ready to be a teacher, I’ll start at around $56k because I have my master’s.
I wouldn’t say my bachelor’s degree was useless though. Both the math and the psychology classes taught me how to think critically. Psychology taught me how to analyze and conduct research, and the importance of keeping data and all that. I use those skills pretty often, day-to-day.
Post # 16
My BA is in Research Psychology and honestly I used the “research” side FAR more than the psychology side. A lot of the work I’ve done has included statistics and data analysis that I learned in school. I know some interesting tidbits and can write a mean paper, but I really don’t use any of the psycholgical bits in my work.