Psychology degree Worthless

February 29, 2016


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I've been hearing a lot about how it's a joke, weak, useless, etc. And to be honest I have no clue why. Could somebody enlighten me?

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My son's bachelors is in psychology which landed him a great job in an energy company. Both my granddaughter and her husband have master's degrees in psychology and both work in that field. If someone says it's a worthless degree, they are ignorant of what worth is. So many who make irrational statements are unable to even begin to back up their beliefs. Ignorance is rife.

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Originally Posted by Jotron3000

I've been hearing a lot about how it's a joke, weak, useless, etc. And to be honest I have no clue why. Could somebody enlighten me?

Maybe the people who said that to you are the ones you should ask!

I know several people who have done very well with a psych undergrad degree.

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Originally Posted by Jotron3000

So, should I go for it? It's in my list of majors I want to pursue. Along with Computer Science and Management Information Systems.

That's a decision only you can make. I got my first degree in Computer science (actually an AS in IT and a BS in CS) and I only did it because that's what everyone said to do so I would have good jobs and make good money. Turned out I hated it even though I landed a good job at a .gov facility, got my psych degree two years ago at the age of 33 and made a career change and still get to work with .gov doing something that I don't hate .

The best advise I could give a young person wanting to go to college is -

1. Don't go in debt at least not much, work full time and go part time like I did if you have to take loans. I'm lucky and my employer paid for my last two degrees, maybe that's a possibility for you???

2. Don't major in something that you aren't sure you will like and don't major in something that has limited opportunities. (think happy medium)

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Originally Posted by Jotron3000

So, should I go for it?

Depends...
What is your end game?
For what will you use it?

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