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How has a Psychology major helped you?

I'm thinking about double majoring, or a least minoring in psychology. If you have a degree in psychology, how has it helped you? #college #career #psychology

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Scott D.’s Answer

In this field, the utility of the degree depends on how far you are willing to go with your education. I have a masters and doctorate in this field as well as three other degrees in a different field. At the bachelors level you can get jobs in a position where they are looking for someone with a general liberal arts degree. Once you progress into the graduate realm the opportunities to specifically use this education broaden. Most licensed positions will require a doctorate or a masters with a lot of additional course work and internships.

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Daniela’s Answer

Hi Christina,

A psychology degree develops knowledge of human behavior as well as research, statistics, and writing skills. It can provide a foundation for many careers. Positions don't all require a doctorate and they don't all involve therapy – though a graduate degree is a requirement for some, and an asset for some others. Here is a look at ten top career paths for individuals with undergraduate degrees in psychology.

  1. Psychotherapy or Counseling
    A psychology degree can provide the foundation for a career in the growing fields of counseling and therapy. While private practice as a counselor or family therapist requires a graduate degree, individuals sometimes provide counseling services at human or social services organizations on the strength of a bachelor's degree.

  2. Social or Community Service Management
    Some prefer administration over direct service. Duties can include designing programs, analyzing data, and writing funding proposals. A graduate degree is helpful, but not always required. A person can get their start in the social services arena with far less.

  3. Genetics Counseling
    Knowledge of genetics is exploding, and so is demand for professionals who can counsel couples, families, and individuals about their genes -- and what it means to their future. A master's is usually required. Graduates apply knowledge of psychology, and also public health and biology.

  4. Human Resources
    Individuals may enter the human resources field with education at the baccalaureate level. Some human resources specialists are generalists while others take on specific roles like recruitment.

  5. I/O Psychology
    With further education, they can utilize their psychology background in industrial/organizational psychology. I/O psychologists use psychological methods to solve organizational issues which can include hiring and promotions. I/O psychology programs can be shorter than the typical psychology program, but they're highly competitive.

  6. Training and Development
    Some positions in training and development can be had with a bachelor's degree, but again a master's is an asset. A professional can draw on knowledge from a variety of disciplines, including organizational development, business administration, and psychology.

  7. Real Estate
    A baccalaureate degree is not necessarily required for a career as a real estate agent, but it can be an asset.

  8. Arbitration or Mediation
    Arbitrators, mediators, and conciliators often start with degrees at the baccalaureate level. The BLS notes that most don’t have degrees in the field, but that they may pursue certificates – yes, and graduate degrees.

  9. Corrections Treatment or Probation Monitoring
    There are jobs at many levels in the corrections arena. The role may include anything from case management to risk assessment.

  10. Post-secondary Administration/Student Affairs
    Most positions require a graduate degree, but some entry-level positions do not. The BLS notes it's helpful to be involved during the student years: This may include activity in student organizations or student government or work as a resident assistant in the residence halls.

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Have a good choice!!

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