Are Psychology and Biology good degrees which can insure i get a well paid job?

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Im currently in year11.Ive decided my A-Level choices:
Biology
Psychology
English Literature
Business Studies/Chemistry(unsure on this i like business alot and i do really good i think,i loathe chemistry but seem to do best on tht in core+additiinal sci(im triple sci).

So i was wondering since ive took a interest in psychology+biology-are they good degrees.What are the possible medicine crossover degree/specializatiin ciould i do.What are some good jobs i could do.Are they even viable to do at Uni?
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Anyobe?
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(Original post by scrawlx101)
Im currently in year11.Ive decided my A-Level choices:BiologyPsychologyEnglish LiteratureBusiness Studies/Chemistry(unsure on this i like business alot and i do really good i think,i loathe chemistry but seem to do best on tht in core+additiinal sci(im triple sci).So i was wondering since ive took a interest in psychology+biology-are they good degrees.What are the possible medicine crossover degree/specializatiin ciould i do.What are some good jobs i could do.Are they even viable to do at Uni?
STEM degrees like biology are always worth it I suppose since their skill are in demand in market. Not too sure about psychology but too many psychology graduates who dont know what to do with their degree. A good cross over would be neuroscience or psychiatry (medical specialization).
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No, those degrees won't ensure you'll get a well paid job. What career field would you like to go into?

There are too many psychology graduates right now who cannot find jobs so biology might be a better option.
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No degree will ensure you get a well paid job. I know people with both Psychology and Biology who went in to grad jobs, but Biology is often thought of as the 'better' course as it is a STEM subject.
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I would learn to spell ensure correctly before doing a degree of any kind
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Biology: Nope. Unless you want to go into teaching, which is a stable job, or become a technician, which can also be stable (if you are lucky), but I'm pretty sure you could train as a technician without going to university.

The reason for this is that apart from teaching, the only other large option for biologists is research, which means you have to do a PhD, and if you continue in academic research after that you would be on three year contracts, before you (most probably) fail to secure a position as a group leader (on 5-year contracts) or professor (very, very unlikely). You won't be well paid (as in, relative to the average wage) until after your PhD, but you will not have a stable job or good "career prospects" until very late in your life (late 30s / 40s if you make it that far in research). Perhaps pharmaceutical companies etc are different though; I've never checked that tbh because I like basic research.

You can do things other than teaching or research, but for most of those you probably wouldn't need a degree in Biology.

Only study either of these subjects if you are really into them.
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So what jobs do you suggest i consider if i am going to take:
Biology
psychology
english literature
business studies?
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A science will (or any stem) open many doors for you, but don't take on a subject if you don't like it, for example, chemistry, because it is hard and a lot of work so if you don't like a subject, you'll find it hard to motivate yourself to do it.
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I hated chemistry but did best on it so i took it at A level. Now i hate it AND i'm struggling ...
Do things you enjoy, biology has a large variety of career paths that are well paid for someone passionate about it
Toxicologist, Biomedical research, Medical engineering, neurobiology there's a lot.
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So what jobs do you suggest i consider if i am going to take:
Biology
psychology
english literature
business studies?
It totally depends what you would like to do those are quite varied subjects. With biology you would have the option of graduate entry medicine (it is also possible with non-science degrees however your choices would be limited). However it is extremely competitive.
In regards to someone above who suggested both neuroscience and psychiatry as medicine specialties. Neuroscience I believe only has around 10 training spaces a year and employability isn't great even at that number because we don't need many neuroscientists. Psychiatry is in decline and being replaced by psychologists. To be a clinical psychologist you would have to do post grad training and once again it is very competitive and you need a lot of work experience (same with grad medicine).

If you are interest in working in the medicine field why not look at physiotherapy, radiotherapy, radiography or nursing? You should receive an NHS bursary to help with your studies, it only takes three years and they are less competitive.

I am not sure if the exact requirements for those degrees or employability but it is worth looking in to.

Good luck!
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So being a psychologist is a good career path? People say its hard to find a job? Im not good at phsyics or chemistry so a biology,psychology career is probably best any ideas/suggestions?
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So being a psychologist is a good career path? People say its hard to find a job? Im not good at phsyics or chemistry so a biology,psychology career is probably best any ideas/suggestions?
The problem is that psychology is one of the most popular degrees taken in the UK, your average psychology student probably just enjoyed the alevel rather than wanting to be a psychologist and so job prospects are and employability are low. However if you set yourself above the average psychology student you can achieve.

I might be wrong but I don't believe you can be a psychologist with a psychology degree, you have to do an accredited post grad course in clinical psychology. Even then I think it can be tough but like any field you have to do the right things.
In your first degree do a sandwich course which offers a year of clinical placements, gain as much experience as possible in this sector and also get good grades at university. Make sure you take modules which are the most relevant for clinical psych.

As others have suggested you could be a biology teacher? You could also do a more specialised course such as marine biology (my bro in law did this and worked on protecting marine life interesting but low pay).
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i dont want to be a teacher any other careers you guys can reccomend?
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