(Closed) Is Psychology really a useless major?

posted 7 years ago in College
Post # 3
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Sugar bee

I have a BS in Psychology. I can’t really say it’s useless, because most people I know (like myself) used the degree as a stepping stone to get a higher degree in something totally unrelated. Its a pretty easy degree to finish. 

Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

I think as just a batchelors level, its comparable to anything basic and liberal arts, doesn’t qualify you for anything specific. But as a stepping stone, like persuing Masters and Doctoral level- then yes Psych, can be a rewarding field.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I think it depends on how far you want to go with it… I mean if you are not committed to at least getting a masters i am not sure what  you would use it for…..
But to be fair I am jumping from one useless major ( English literature) where i could get a job in, editing, tutoring, office/ clerical work/ advertising consultant… to Mental health councling… where I can….Councle…. lol

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’m not a psych major, but I have 3 friends that were Psych majors that did nothing remotely related to the field and say that they only did it cause they didnt know what else to do.  It’s useless to have in that it probabky wont be directly applied to what you end up doing… but a degree is still a degree and worth having.  One friend that was a psych major wanted to go all the way to phd and become a psychologist.  He said that a psych major was not going to be used unless you go all the way.

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper
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Did I love doing my BA in Psychology? YES! Is it the best ever? Yes! Is it useless if you only get the BA? Sadly, yes again. I just have my BA so far (because Grad School is freaking me out) and yeah…pretty darn useless other than being able to say I have a degree. I’m definitely going to get my Masters at some point.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
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As a psyc major myself… I’d have to honestly say yes, it’s pretty useless BY ITSELF. Out of all my psyc major friends from college, I know exactly two people who are semi-using their degree without any sort of subsequent schooling (one works a really tough, low-paying govt job with MHMR in Texas, and one works at a nursing home assisting the elderly residents – not sure if that counts as “using the major” or not).

However, I know a handful of people that went on to get Masters degrees in school psychology and are successfully working as school psychologists. I know a lot of people in grad school for psychology doing everything from substance abuse research to marital therapy, and I think they’ll all end up with successful careers. 

I took my psyc degree and went to law school, and I feel like the large amount of research/writing I did as a Psych major prepared me well for the large amount of research/writing I had to do in law school. 

I also know a lot of people who graduated with me with BAs in Psyc who are doing things like working a hotel front desk, being the party coordinator at a bowling alley, waitressing, working at various retail stores a the mall, trying to get their teacher’s certificates, being stay-at-home wives with small Etsy businesses… 

You’ve got to have a plan if you’re going to make a Psyc degree useful, and usually the plan involves some sort of further schooling.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

As other posters have said, if you want to use it as a stepping stone to grad school (Masters and PhD) then it is useful. I’m planning on going into Neuroscience, which my psych and philo degree will help with.

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper

Not as useless as a degree in theatre like me! lol

Post # 11
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

Oh, and I guess my current job would be considered “related” to the degree, but it is far from where I want to be in my career. I’m a caretaker for an elderly woman and I also tutor an ESOL (English as a Second Language) child after school. So, sort of related I guess. And I don’t dislike my job! But I don’t feel like it’s really anything I couldn’t have done before.

The GREAT thing about the Psyc degree is that there are so many Grad School possibilities. You can go in several different directions for those higher degrees, which I think is cool and less limiting than some. 🙂 See, there’s a positive.

Post # 12
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

@zippylef: LOL ohh you one of those theatre students……

Post # 13
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I minored in Psych and majored in Criminology.  I don’t know if I’d say it’s useless, but definitely difficult to do anything super professional with alone.  I did some further training in particular computer programs and now work full time as a volunteer program coordinator with the police station, with a small side contract to be a crime analyst, which is where I’m hoping to eventually end up.

Post # 14
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Newbee

OP, what did you have in mind to do with your psych major? As in, why is that discouraging to you to hear? It’s useless insofar as you are very unlikely get a psych-related job with only a BA. For that, you’ll need at least a MA. If it’s even possible to get a job in psych with only a BA, it won’t likely be interesting or rewarding. Any BA in humanities/social sciences is useless if you’re defining useful as getting a job in that field. The tools (reading, writing, analysis) you learn through those majors are useful for higher-level degrees. Also kinda nice for the sake of personal intellectual curiosity I guess.

ETA: one of my majors was psych and look at my username, haha!

Post # 15
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Bumble Beekeeper

@Eva Peron: Hey, hey, hey, I was tech theatre (costumes and makeup) NOT a stage diva!

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

My Brother-In-Law and another friend I have both only have their bachelor’s in psychology and have pretty good jobs. One is doing social work and the other is at a youth center.

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