(Closed) Have my AA..planned on BA majoring in Psych..is it worth it?

posted 6 years ago in College
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I don’t want to squash your dreams, but I would say no to a Bachelors in Psych. That major was similar to mine and the job prospects just aren’t there. If I could do it again, I would have researched jobs and pay prospects before choosing a major. I would have been a great engineer or a finance major, there just weren’t many women in those majors and I felt like I shouldn’t go into them.

What are your best subjects?

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I wouldn’t do it unless you are going to do a doctorate and spend the next 10 years in school.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I have a BA in psychology and an MA in Counseling. Do it only if you plan to get a Masters or PhD afterward! It’s not a useful degree at the BA level. A BSW (social work) is much more useful in the mental health field.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

what exactly do you want to do with a degree in psych? research? testing? counseling?

depending on what you really want to do, yes, a higher degree than a bachelor’s is going to be necessary. you will most likely need licensure or certifications as well, which will be an even longer process on top of the higher degrees.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

If you plan on going farther then a bacheolors do it but otherwise  I agree with @BuffaloDots:  finance or engineering. 

Post # 8
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Psych is the most common undergrad degree given. As long as you’re planning to attend grad school, it’s worth it

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

@BuffaloDots:  This.

 

OP, if you are interested in psychology you could always get a BA in something like nursing, biology, etc and get into the field that way. You don’t have to major in psychology to work in a related field. Get a BA in something with better job prospects. It would be awful to spend two more years on a degree that may not be worth it in the end.

 

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Having a BA in psych is tough because there are not many jobs directly related to the degree but what about a minor is psych and a major in business or something else?  You could work in HR or a related field.  I have a doctorate in pschology and I’m glad I did it but you have to be truely committed to a MS or PhD otherwise there just aren’t a ton of options.  

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

I think it depends what you’re looking to do with it. I have a friend who majored in psych and minored in biology. She’s an ABA therapist now and is making very good money. She’s going to get her masters soon, but I think they’ll be assisting her with it.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

The thing about counseling is that you will need an MA or MSW, THEN you have to take a test and gain hours under supervision. It is a longer road than I had planned on, and I wish I had done something else at times, but I LOVE helping people who need it.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

That’s true, I have a friend who majored in ABA and is doing that now.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’m nearly finished with my PhD in psych.

Sounds like you enjoy psych but aren’t sure what you want to do for a career.  Consider looking into programs for MSW to be a social worker or MA in marriage/family therapy which will qualify you to work as a counselor.  Those programs can be as short as a 1-2 years I believe and have pretty good job prospects.  

If you look into that and decide you’re not interested, I’d think about another major. It sounds like the PhD is not really what you want to do and after the BA a PhD is a 5-8 year committment in psychology.

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