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Is Child Psychology a good major?

So I initially wanted to be a child psychologist but so far I've been hearing that a career in psychology isn't as good as you'd expect it to be. Can you get a good job with a Bachelor's degree from it? #career #psych


Child Psych is an extremely interesting psych and if you are interested in it and passionate about it then it could be a great major. When in school you want to try and go for majors you enjoy so that you can get a job you love. It is difficult though to work with children especially children that may have mental illness or trauma. You can get a good job with a bachelor's degree from it for sure you just have to look, Indeed is a good place to find all sorts of jobs. kianna C.

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Ken’s Answer

It may be a good career for someone, but not for everyone. The best way for you to know is to start by taking an interest and aptitude test to see if your personality traits relate to this career area - or if not- to which career area.


Getting to know yourself and how your personality traits relate to people involved in various career opportunities is very important in your decision making process. During my many years in Human Resources and College Recruiting, I ran across too many students who had skipped this very important step and ended up in a job situation which for which they were not well suited. Selecting a career area is like buying a pair of shoes. First you have to be properly fitted for the correct size, and then you need to try on and walk in the various shoe options to determine which is fits the best and is most comfortable for you to wear. Following are some important steps which I developed during my career which have been helpful to many .

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The first step is to take an interest and aptitude test and have it interpreted by your school counselor to see if you share the personality traits necessary to enter the field. You might want to do this again upon entry into college, as the interpretation might differ slightly due to the course offering of the school. However, do not wait until entering college, as the information from the test will help to determine the courses that you take in high school. Too many students, due to poor planning, end up paying for courses in college which they could have taken for free in high school.
Next, when you have the results of the testing, talk to the person at your high school and college who tracks and works with graduates to arrange to talk to, visit, and possibly shadow people doing what you think that you might want to do, so that you can get know what they are doing and how they got there. Here are some tips: ## http://www.wikihow.com/Network ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/nonawkward-ways-to-start-and-end-networking-conversations ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/4-questions-to-ask-your-network-besides-can-you-get-me-a-job?ref=carousel-slide-1 ##
Locate and attend meetings of professional associations to which people who are doing what you think that you want to do belong, so that you can get their advice. These associations may offer or know of intern, coop, shadowing, and scholarship opportunities. These associations are the means whereby the professionals keep abreast of their career area following college and advance in their career. You can locate them by asking your school academic advisor, favorite teachers, and the reference librarian at your local library. Here are some tips: ## https://www.careeronestop.org/BusinessCenter/Toolkit/find-professional-associations.aspx?&frd=true ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/9-tips-for-navigating-your-first-networking-event ##
It is very important to express your appreciation to those who help you along the way to be able to continue to receive helpful information and to create important networking contacts along the way. Here are some good tips: ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/the-informational-interview-thank-you-note-smart-people-know-to-send?ref=recently-published-2 ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/3-tips-for-writing-a-thank-you-note-thatll-make-you-look-like-the-best-candidate-alive?bsft_eid=7e230cba-a92f-4ec7-8ca3-2f50c8fc9c3c&bsft_pid=d08b95c2-bc8f-4eae-8618-d0826841a284&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=daily_20171020&utm_source=blueshift&utm_content=daily_20171020&bsft_clkid=edfe52ae-9e40-4d90-8e6a-e0bb76116570&bsft_uid=54658fa1-0090-41fd-b88c-20a86c513a6c&bsft_mid=214115cb-cca2-4aec-aa86-92a31d371185&bsft_pp=2 ##

This is very good advice. Sheila Jordan

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Rebecca’s Answer

With a Bachelor's degree in child psychology you might find jobs as a teacher's aide, teacher for pre-school, or aide in a school for children with behavioral or developmental problems. You probably won't earn a lot of money with these types of jobs. You can always look for other kinds of jobs -- psychology is a general major with a lot of "transferrable skills," that is, skills that will serve you in many industries, from advertising to administrative work. To work as a child psychologist, you generally need a Psy.D. or Ph.D. (small difference) from an accredited university, which could mean several years of study. A better route would be the two year MSW (Masters in Social Work), in which case you can work with children one-on-one or in groups, or, as a higher level administrator. You may also go the Education route, and get a school counseling master's degree. It depends on what you are able or willing to do!

Rebecca recommends the following next steps:

Figure out what kind of work you can get.
Visit Career Services in your college.
Learn about Social Work degrees.
Decide whether you want to spend more years in school getting an advanced degree.
Look into alternate career paths (using Career Services, or a certified career coach).

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Rebecca’s Answer

With a Bachelor's degree in child psychology you might find jobs as a teacher's aide, teacher for pre-school, or aide in a school for children with behavioral or developmental problems. You probably won't earn a lot of money with these types of jobs. You can always look for other kinds of jobs -- psychology is a general major with a lot of "transferrable skills," that is, skills that will serve you in many industries, from advertising to administrative work. To work as a child psychologist, you generally need a Psy.D. or Ph.D. (small difference) from an accredited university, which could mean several years of study. A better route would be the two year MSW (Masters in Social Work), in which case you can work with children one-on-one or in groups, or, as a higher level administrator. You may also go the Education route, and get a school counseling master's degree. It depends on what you are able or willing to do!

Rebecca recommends the following next steps:

Figure out what kind of work you can get.
Visit Career Services in your college.
Learn about Social Work degrees.
Decide whether you want to spend more years in school getting an advanced degree.
Look into alternate career paths (using Career Services, or a certified career coach).

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