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Old 01-11-2018, 10:03 AM
 
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psychology is a stem degree that doesn't pay well. stem isn't the answer!
The title is not well related to your comment in your OP.

People don't get paid for the degrees they earn. They are paid for the work they do. People who've earned psych degrees are both - paid well and not paid well. Depending on what they do and how well they do it.

You are confusing and confounding a career with academics.
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Old 01-11-2018, 10:13 AM
 
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Psychology is a STEM subject. Psychology is a science and applies to the "S" in STEM.

As a degree, most don't define it as a STEM subject, because Psychology degrees generally lead to social career paths (e.g. Social Workers, Counselors). It is also uniquely not a STEM degree because it generally requires further education (e.g. MSW, Psy. D) in order to start a professional career. This characteristic is not generally true for engineers, computer programmers, etc.

All being said, it is a great career field for driven as much as engineer. What has soured the degree is the sheer number of people attaining the degree, but then not using it for its intended purpose. It is also perceived as being easy, which is not necessarily true, yet the stereotype persists.
The social sciences and natural sciences are similar in that they often require a graduate degree to really get going. However, that doesn't mean you can't get a lower-level job with just a bachelors. People with undergraduate degrees in psychology can work in UX/UI (this is an IT field), as research technicians, in human resources, as community supervision officers, substance abuse counselors (most states require an associates or bachelors), caseworkers, statisticians, etc.
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Old 01-11-2018, 11:23 AM
 
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People with undergraduate degrees in psychology can work in UX/UI (this is an IT field), as research technicians, in human resources, as community supervision officers, substance abuse counselors (most states require an associates or bachelors), caseworkers, statisticians, etc.
Exactly. when I came out of undergrad many years ago with my psych degree my first job was in marketing research.
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Old 01-12-2018, 08:46 AM
 
Location: Richmond, VA
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You are confusing and confounding a career with academics.
Conflating, also.
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Old 01-13-2018, 10:30 PM
 
Location: WI
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Exactly. when I came out of undergrad many years ago with my psych degree my first job was in marketing research.
I work for a large, F500 corporation and a good number (I’d say at least 30%) of our HR and market research folks have psychology degrees. These are very stable, well-paying careers. You don’t necessarily have to work in mental health/counseling/social services etc. to make use of a psych degree.
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Old 01-14-2018, 03:41 PM
 
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I don't think psychology by itself is a sure fire shot to a great job.
I'm not sure what your OP has to do with your thread title.
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Old 01-14-2018, 06:51 PM
 
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I don't think psychology by itself is a sure fire shot to a great job.
It frequently makes the list of "worst college majors" in terms of getting a well paying job after graduation.
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Old 01-14-2018, 07:03 PM
 
Location: IN
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Only for understanding the brain stem.
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Old 01-15-2018, 04:01 AM
 
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One of the few majors worse than English.
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Old 01-15-2018, 12:25 PM
 
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Oy...all these people thinking that psych is worse than English or History or whatever. They’d think any Humanities degree is for suckers. They’re all unfortunately misunderstanding the benefit of a college education. This happened when people started believing that anyone with a college degree can get a good job. I was a victim of this thinking too. I now know better.

People, college is not a 4 yr. job placement program. It’s not a temp agency or a headhunter. It’s to enrich yourself, find yourself a bit, learn critical thinking, grow up, etc. if you consider college as a job placement agency, many will be disappointed and disillusioned. The idea is to better prepare you for adulthood, which in part includes a career so college is tangential to a good career rather than guaranteeing one.
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