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Is psychology really a dead major in most people's opinion?

I love psychology, and I really want to learn everything about it! But I've heard there's not much to do with that major but become a psychiatrist, which may be an option, but I'd like to explore and know more. #psychology #teacher

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Jo’s Answer

I was a psychology major all through school and I'm not a psychiatrist or a therapist. Here's a super cool list of lots of different psychology careers: http://careersinpsychology.org/psychologist-careers/


My job isn't even on that list, so it is not exhaustive. I'm a human factors psychologist. I study the way people think about things and interact with them to make them easier to use, safer, and/or more efficient.


I hope this helps, and I think that link is a great starting point.

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Christopher’s Answer

Psychology is a field that offers a wide range of careers. You could become a psychiatrist, a psychologist, or a therapist. You could also become a researcher or an occupation outside the field of psychology.
The career options are not limited in the field of psychology. For myself, I became a therapist and working toward becoming a clinical psychologist. It all depends on what you want to do in the field and how hard you're willing to work.

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Linda Ann’s Answer

Psychology is not a "dead major." It's the most popular major nationally, in case you didn't already know that. Check out the link that another person posted (Jo Jardina). Here's another one, from the American Psychological Association: www.apa.org.


Only about 25-to-30 percent of psychologists are therapists. The types of jobs available to those with a psychology background are quite numerous, as both internet sites will reveal.


Psychiatry is a specialty within medicine, not psychology. In order to be a practicing psychiatrist, one must go to medical school and complete a residency in psychiatry. So a psychiatrist has an M.D. credential. Psychologists have either a Ph.D. or a PsyD. credential. It takes as long to complete this latter credential as it does to complete medical school. One cannot call themselves a "psychologist" legally without the doctorate (PhD or PsyD) and passing of a national, licensing examination.


I wish you the best in your career exploration.

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Felicia G’s Answer

Hi Luisa! Psychology is not a "dead" major as evidenced by the number of students who major in it. However, just be aware, you cannot get a lucrative job without and advanced degree if you plan to major it.

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