The most typical conversation for college students include the introductory questions of what university you attend, where are you from, what are you studying, and every college students favorite question: what are your plans after graduation? When one answers that they are majoring in psychology, the immediate response is almost always, “you know you will have to go to graduate school, right?” The frustrating reality of being a psychology major is the amount of times you will have to hear this sentiment, which may cause you to question whether or not you made the right decision.

 

Psychology is one of the top five most popular degrees in today’s universities, becoming more popular with each passing year. It also has one of the highest unemployment rates after graduation, at around 20 percent. In order to land a well-paying job in the field of psychology, it has almost become necessary to continue studies after completing undergraduate programs.

 

This may be frustrating, but if one truly loves the field, it may be worth the extra time and money. The need for mental health experts is growing as more research needs to be done in the field. The brain is the control center for the body, and in learning more about how it operates, we can find ways to better heal and help those with mental illnesses.

 

With only 27 percent of college graduates holding a job relating to their degree, at the end of the day what one decides to major in is never a true “death sentence.” What matters are the skills and connections one develops along the way. A degree in psychology is highly adaptable. It bolsters communication skills, problem solving skills, and the ability to better read and understand human behavior, all of which are important resources in any job market.

 

If majoring in psychology is what drives and keeps one interested in their studies, then why not? Make the right connections, love what you study, and know that hard work will get you where you need to go.

 

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