“A lot of people think that in order to do anything with a degree in Psychology you must get a PhD and become a psychologist.” – Charles Brewer, a psychology professor at Furman University told CNN
Psychology is arguably one of the most popular majors at universities in the world. But is it possible that there are too many psychology majors so the market has become saturated; so much so that its competitiveness resembles crabs in a barrel?
But the most important question is—what can you really do with a bachelor’s degree in the field of the study of human behavior?
Many graduates look for entry level jobs directly in the field of psychology, but some fail to realize that there are still jobs in relation to but not directly in line with their study. This fact is frequently unbeknown to these job searching graduates.
Persons with a bachelor’s degree usually immerse themselves in areas like research (market or data analysis), human resource or social services. Jobs include case management, career counseling, mental health technician, rehabilitation specialist, psychiatric technician and crisis work. Also jobs that require strong communication skills and interpersonal skills like client communication, sales, marketing, or even a business manager.
According to the college majors handbook, some of the occupations filled by psychology graduates with a bachelor’s degree who earn above an entry level salary are jobs in administration, teaching, sales, social work, management occupations, labor relations or training, business services, organizational development, marketing, insurance and real estate.
However, if you don’t want to start working but want to apply for graduate school to increase your credibility, then you can apply to various areas of psychology like clinical psychology, applied psychology, industrial and organizational psychology, neuropsychology, social, health and educational psychology, to name a few; the opportunities are endless. You can go on to also become a behavioral specialist, marriage and family therapist, Educational counsellor, clinical social worker, and much more with a master’s level degree. Doctorate degree holders become sports psychologists, licensed clinical psychologists, sports psychologists, counselling psychologists, etc.
“I double majored in psychology and communications and I have masters in psychiatric research. I’ve worked with people suffering from schizophrenia, trauma, depression, acute affective disorders, eating disorders, addiction, personality disorders, suicidal thoughts, and more,,, I have done research that has helped expand our understanding and treatment of psychosis, dementia, mood disorders, and other mental health issues.. I benefit directly from studying psychology every day because I live a healthier, fuller life and have used my knowledge to help countless persons on their path.” – Rona Elisa, psychology graduate.
If you do not see yourself studying or continuing education in psychology, your bachelor’s degree is also seen as a foundation for post graduate degrees in law or business school or other advanced programmes.
By Alexandra Daley