What are are some possible careers with a BS in Psychology?
I am currently in college and majoring in Psychology. A lot of people tell me I won't be able to find a job with my degree and it has made me a little bit anxious about what to expect after graduation. I want to know what are some possible careers for me that don't require a Masters degree. #psychology #college #career #career-path #career-choice
My mentor asked me this same question many years ago - "Of all the things that you could do, what are the few things that you should do? Which one or two will really make a difference?" These are called levers or leverage points.
How do we find them?
My suggestion is to identify a few careers in industries where you have some interest to narrow down the choices. Then identify a few careers in those industries that will pay you well enough in the short term so you can pay your living expenses (List A). Then identify careers in those industries of things that you are good at doing (List B). Then identify careers in those industries of the things that you love doing (List C).
Target those careers that intersect all 3 lists if you can but remember, all else being equal, List A overrides B and C when you are first starting out. After you gain experience and save some money, you can reverse the order.
The main thing is don't despair about the Psychology Degree. It's like having Type O+ blood, you are the universal employee. Cheers!
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Here's a cool overview of what that might look like at a company that specializes in doing design research as a service for other companies: https://www.ideo.com/blog/a-day-in-the-life-of-a-design-researcher
Best of luck to you! Follow what brings you energy 😁
Also, maybe look into becoming an actuary. I have a friend who did this in college and she has a really cool job. It's more on the mathematical side but it helps companies calculate risk usually for insurance reasons. She makes great money, she loves her job, and there aren't many people in the industry so there are plenty of opportunities for jobs.
As suggested above, I think a Psychology Degree opens many doors since it is related to helping people.