(Closed) Pscyhology Majors what kind of job did you get with your degree?

posted 5 years ago in Career
Post # 3
2610 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

My BFF majored in psychology and works as a dental assistant.

Another friend has a bachelors in psychology and  a master’s in marriage family counseling and works for Mary Kay.

So basically neither are really in positions that require their degrees.

Post # 4
1021 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I worked at an animal clinic after graduating with a BS in Psychology. Needless to say, I eventually went back to grad school (5 years later).

Post # 6
2156 posts
Buzzing bee

@Birdiebaby4:  I have a BA in Psych. Couldn’t find a job that paid more than $15/hr. I made more than that bartending. It wasn’t enought to pay for living expenses and my student loans. 

I went on to grad school for School Psychology. I am in my final year working as an intern. I can expect anywhere from a $50k-$60k starting salary next year. School Psychs are in pretty high demand and the filed has a 22% growth outlook. School Psychology was rated #14 out of the 25 Best Careers of 2013 by US News: http://money.usnews.com/money/careers/slideshows/the-25-best-jobs-of-2013/15 

Was it worth it? Yes because I couldn’t find a decent job with just a Bachelor’s and I like the field I chose. We also work a teachers schedule (summers off, long holidays, etc)

In hindsight, I should have gone into the medical field from the get go- nurse, PT, nutritionist, etc- because those are best bang for your buck degress. An RN friend of mine makes $50k for just an Associate’s in nursing. I’ll be making that with 7 years of schooling. 

Post # 7
249 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

i’m also A psych major and plan on doing a lot of internships and getting as many connections as possible. I believe with a masters you can have your own practice. I suggest talking to your major counselor. But once I get my BA, I am debating the same thing

Post # 8
308 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I went onto graduate school for an MA in Counseling (Mental Health Counseling)… I graduate in January and have been offered a job as a clinician, but I’m looking at admin jobs, ha. Where I live doesn’t pay super well for counseling and it’s difficult to impossible to find salaried clinical positions.

Post # 9
680 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

My sister has her BA in psychology.  She couldn’t get a job anywhere except for waitressing, so she went back to law school and is now an attorney.  I do not suggest doing that as where I live, the job market for attorneys is awful.  She’s stuck in a job she hates because there’s nothing else out there.

Post # 10
11693 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Birdiebaby4:  I have a Bachelor of Arts double Major in Psyc and History.  When I was graduating the Psyc department did a seminar about the jobs a psyc major will get you – Retail Manager, Fast Food Manager, Customer Service Representative…you get the picture.  I ended up working for a banking call centre for 3 years before I went back to school and got a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and now I’m working in that field.  A psyc major is really just a stepping stone to another degree (as are most bachelors degrees these days).

Post # 11
2118 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I am graduating this May, and I will be going straight to graduate school for Mental Health Counseling so I can really experience the field.

I know a few people who weren’t able to do much with their BAs in Psych.

My sister: musician

Family friend: bank teller

Post # 12
2156 posts
Buzzing bee

@BeeLoveHeart:  Not sure about in CA, but usually you have to have a PhD for your own practice. Masters you have to be supervised by a PhD though you could probably work in private practice. 

Post # 13
371 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I have a BA in Psychology and it is a JOKE.  Unless you go to grad school, there is literally nothing you can do with it.  Were the classes cool?  Sure.  Did I find a job right away? NO.  IT IS NOT WORTH IT.  After a couple years, I eventually found a really badass job as an associate producer for one of the largest recording studios in the US, but it has ZERO to do with my degree.   And now I’m stuck with a butt load of student loans for something that I get no use out of.  {can you tell I’m bitter? lol}

Post # 14
89 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

My psych BS: Got me a job at an insurance company

My friends psych BS: Got him a job as a mental health counselor 

(different emphasis than I)

Two others on my work team had psych degrees, one is currently getting her masters in School Psych



Post # 15
2023 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Birdiebaby4:  Nada. I am a Executive Administrator….its a fancy title for data entry getting paid a whopping $11 hr! 🙁 I am thinking about getting some certificates in computers.  I also went back to school for nursing, I got all the pre reqs done but I really dont want to be a nurse.

Post # 16
4698 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I work for a non-profit organization, our cause is a particular mental illness. I develop programming for people affected by the illness, as well as their families. I also manage our organizations clinical services portfolio.

I am most certainly using my degree, although.. I worked for free for 4 months and in an admin position for a year before getting where I am now. Probably would’ve been easier to secure a job outside my field.. but I couldn’t justify not using my degree.

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