I have had the privilege of teaching a Career Development course in Psychology during my 20+ year career at EKU, so I was dismayed to read recent comments from a reader (Our Readers Speak on Facebook, May 1 edition) saying there are no job options with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. Recent data from the U.S. Department of Education indicate that Psychology majors' national unemployment rate is 2.9%, which is consistent with current unemployment rates (https://nces.ed.gov/programs/coe/indicator_sbc.asp). This website provides a list of common jobs for Psychology majors including human resources, data analysis, and sales: https://whatcanidowiththismajor.com/major/psychology/
Why the continued misunderstanding about career prospects in Psychology? This is likely for two reasons. Talk therapy is often portrayed in a very positive light on TV making the psychotherapy profession both visible and appealing. This is great for our field! And, talk therapy can be extremely helpful as we move through our lives! However, it is but one of a very large number of career options available to Psychology majors. Psychotherapy also requires a graduate degree, and as the reader also states, graduate school can be very expensive. It isn't for everyone, and we need a diverse workforce.
The other reason for the misunderstanding about job options in Psychology is that most people do not know how to conduct an effective job search following the completion of their Bachelor's degree. It is a skill that must be learned, which is why we require a Career Development course for Psychology majors at EKU. My favorite book on this topic is The 2-Hour Job Search by Steve Dalton. In it, he teaches recent graduates how to identify potential employers and build the relationships needed to land an appealing job offer.
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Professor of Psychology