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If You're Undecided on a Major, Consider Psychology

There's no doubt that having a bachelor's degree leads to financial success. Poll after poll and numerous annual studies confirm this point, and after our recent recession, there is even more evidence that getting a bachelor's degree pays off. Workers who had only a high school diploma but no college degree suffered worse than those with college degrees during the period from 2007 to 2009, according to a study performed by Pew Charitable Trusts

However, while the numbers tell us that it's better to have a bachelor's degree, they don't exactly point out the best major for each individual. That is a much more complex decision, since personal and professional factors come into play. But if you are wondering which major is best for you, consider psychology. 

Should I Major in Psychology? Yes, It Is Very Flexible

Psychology majors enjoy almost unlimited options when it comes to choosing a career path. Although around 40 percent go on to pursue higher education in law, business or other professions, even those with just a bachelor's degree have a world of choices before them upon graduation.

Majoring in psychology does not have to lead to more schooling. The bachelor's degree is broad enough that the concepts and principles learned are applicable to any field. In fact, fewer than 25 percent of psychology majors actually work in the field of psychology, according to The College Majors Handbook. 

Should I Major in Psychology? Yes, It Can Mean Securing a Higher-Paying Job

The career path of a psychology major can lead to many lucrative positions. While pre-med is still at the top of the heap when it comes to pay for recent graduates, the top 10 occupations where baccalaureate-level psychology majors are hired are in high-paying fields:

  • Management
  • Social work.
  • Marketing and sales.
  • Healthcare
  • Financial specialists.

This research also comes from The College Majors Handbook.

Should I Major in Psychology? Yes, It Is a Good Way to Get Promoted

For mid-career professionals or anyone who is currently working, a bachelor's degree in psychology offers a clear path to promotion. The insights gained from this degree will make anyone better at his or her job. The following important workplace skills will see vast improvement after the degree:

  • Communication
  • Conflict resolution.
  • Collaboration
  • Productivity
  • Leadership

Once you know you want to get a bachelor's degree, consider psychology as a major: It is flexible, practical, and with the right strategy, lucrative as well.

Learn more about the University of Texas of the Permian Basin's Bachelor of Arts in Psychology Online.


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Psychology Today: The Top 10 Reasons to Major in Psychology

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