10 Great Reasons to Earn a Psychology Degree

Can you guess which college major is one of the most popular among undergraduate students all over the world? The answer: Psychology! Psychology ranks as the fourth most popular major, and over 100,000 U.S. students earn a bachelor's degree in this field each year.

Why is psychology so popular? A psychology degree not only offers students the opportunity for personal growth, but also opens up a huge range and variety of career opportunities. Are you still wondering if earning a bachelor's degree in psychology is the right choice for you? Read on for 10 things that earning a psychology degree will allow you to do.


Prepare for a Wide Variety of Careers

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Psychology is certainly not a one-size-fits-all career choice. In fact, one of the greatest strengths of a psychology degree is the enormous variety of career paths that are available to graduates. Students can tailor their education and degree to focus on specialty areas that appeal to their interests. Some of these potential professions include:


Learn More About Yourself and Others

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Have you ever wondered why people behave in certain ways? Or maybe you’ve always wanted to learn more about your own mind, emotions, and actions? Earning a degree in psychology is an excellent way to gain a greater understanding of people.

In addition to satisfying your own interest in human nature, having a solid understanding of what makes people do certain things can be a very marketable skill in a wide variety of job settings, including social services, advertising, marketing, education, health care, and politics.


Find a Job That's in Demand

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The demand for psychological services in schools, hospitals, substance abuse treatment centers, and social services agencies is expected to fuel a positive job outlook for trained professionals. Three job areas expected to be in high demand are clinical psychology, school psychology, and industrial-organizational psychology.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of psychologists is expected to grow at a rate of about 3% between 2019 and 2029. This is in line with the average growth for all jobs. Obtaining a graduate degree and getting postdoctoral work experience may give you an extra competitive edge if you want to work in a job directly related to psychology.


Enjoy Fun, Rewarding, Challenging Work

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If you love solving practical or theoretical problems, then earning a psychology degree might be a great choice for you. Some psychologists focus on developing solutions for real-world problems or helping people resolve complex emotional issues. Others delve deeper into our understanding of the human mind and behavior by conducting research and adding to the body of scientific knowledge.

Research shows that most psychologists enjoy their work. Around 93% of psychologists in the field report feeling "somewhat" or "very satisfied" with their careers.


Make a Difference in People’s Lives

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If you’ve ever dreamed of making a real difference in other people's lives, earning a psychology degree can be an effective way to achieve that goal. Psychologists, counselors, therapists, and community services workers devote their time and energy to helping people overcome adversity, increase their well-being, and realize their full potential. While this type of work can be emotionally demanding and stressful at times, it can also be very fulfilling.


Record, Analyze, and Interpret Data

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Psychology students spend a great deal of time learning about research methods and statistics. Even if you don’t particularly love the research process, learning more about how to gather, organize, analyze, and interpret data can be an important skill in a wide variety of careers. For example, educators, administrators, scientists, marketers, and advertisers often perform such tasks in order to make decisions, evaluate progress, and complete projects.


Prepare for Graduate Study

An undergraduate degree in psychology can be an excellent starting point for graduate study. Many students choose to earn a graduate degree in psychology, while others opt to further their education in a related field such as counseling, education, or social work. Having a background in human psychology can also lead to further study in areas such as law, medicine, or the life sciences.


Pursue a Specialty

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Let’s imagine that in addition to your strong interest in psychology, you also love sports and physical fitness. While the two subjects might seem only distantly related at first, they actually make up a major specialty area known as sports psychology.

One benefit of earning a psychology degree is that you can pursue a career path that is aligned with your passions and interests. A student who enjoys working with young children can specialize in developmental psychology with a focus on early childhood development, while another student who is fascinated by the aging process could earn a degree in the same subject with a focus on the elderly. Interestingly, psychologists who specialize in working with aging people may also have particularly great job prospects.


Impress Potential Employers

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Employers highly prize the skills that you acquire during your study of psychology, such as analyzing data, communicating complex information, and understanding human behavior. While around 64% of the 1.3 million people with a bachelor's in psychology say that their degree is directly related to their current career, the remainder put their knowledge of psychology to work in other professions. These could include:

  • Advertising
  • Business
  • Criminal justice
  • Education
  • Health services
  • Human resources
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Public affairs
  • Sales

Study a Topic You Love

The best possible reason to earn a degree in psychology is simply a love for the subject matter. If you look forward to going to your psychology courses, enjoy discussing psychology topics, spend your free time browsing psychology websites, and love learning new facts about psychology, then chances are good that earning a psychology degree is the right choice for you.

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By Kendra Cherry, MSEd
Kendra Cherry, MS, is a psychosocial rehabilitation specialist, psychology educator, and author of the "Everything Psychology Book."