How's the job market for a psychologist these days. I've heard horror stories about them not getting jobs and going into debt. Is this true?
is having a Psychology degree safe?
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Last edited by Matilda612; 06-06-2016 at 19:59. Reason: Spelling
- 06-06-2016 19:54
- 06-06-2016 21:29
I have a mental health sector job to compliment my psychology degree studies. The world is not going to run out of psychological issues to address. Psychologists are very much in demand across the board... if you are willing to complete the post-graduate training to become a psychologist that is.
This is evidenced at the psychology careers seminars and conferences that I have attended in the last year, where practising psychologists speak of the demand for new trainees and the variety of roles out there.
Do a local psychologist jobsearch.
- 06-06-2016 21:31
If you can get onto the training programme for educational/clinical etc, you're basically guaranteed a job in the psychology sector
From undergrad though it's unlikely as most jobs in mental health etc need further training
- 06-06-2016 21:35
- 06-06-2016 21:35
There is massive oversupply of psychologists compared with available jobs. Universities churn out thousands of psych graduates every year. There are not thousands of jobs. Most professional psychology jobs require postgrad of some kind (clinical, educational, occupational, academic PhD) and these are extremely competitive to get onto.
If you do a psychology degree, you should 100% be prepared to end up in a non-psychology career. In terms of employability compared to other degrees, IMO it sits below STEM subjects, economics, and law, and above arts and humanities subjects. Kind of on a par with other social sciences and biology.
Having said that, psychology gives you good training in scientific methodology and statistics, which are useful in careers and life.
- 08-06-2016 10:44
The job outlook is pretty good for psychologists. There are generally more jobs than there are people qualified to do them.
However, getting to the position of becoming chartered is competitive, and an undergraduate degree is not enough by itself. In order to be a psychologist you will have to do supervised practice and further qualifications. With just an undergraduate degree alone you will be like any other graduate without any specialised vocational training (like English or Economics). How safe a degree is depends on the level of risk you are willing to take. Psychology graduates that don't go onto chartership (about 85% of psych undergrades) tend to find work, but it's often not well paid initially and graduates frequently have to go through a few different things beore they settle into their final pathway.
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