Why psych grads are least satisfied

Looking for fulfillment

This survey might be ammunition for parents looking to steer their children away from certain professions.

According to a piece in the Wall Street Journal, psychology grads are least satisfied with their career paths.

Only 26 percent consider themselves “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with their career paths.

It’s not necessarily the subject matter that’s the problem, though. The WSJ writer says the difficulty in finding a psych-related job with just a bachelor’s in the field is difficult, so many grads end up working in unrelated fields.

Compare that to many engineers, who have a much easier time of finding well-paying jobs that match what they’ve studied.

(The still relatively low rate of satisfaction for environmental engineering and economics grads — as opposed to English, history and “other majors” — makes me wonder about that reasoning, however.)

Still, one career coach told the Journal that

… the least satisfied career changers she works with tend to be those who fell into general majors, such as philosophy or African-American studies, and ended up in unrelated fields. When those people apply to jobs outside their majors, she recommends that they don’t even put the major on their résumés. “It’s not something you want to advertise,” she said.

  • Kacey Gregerson

    Interesting article. I always tell students thinking about psychology that they will typically end up needing a masters or higher.

  • Anonymous

    I just want to point out every engineer’s worst nightmare. And I have in-laws and friends to whom this has happened…You get to be about 45 and you are experienced and are making a decent salary. Suddenly your job is gone – re-engineered to use the horribly ironic description. And the reason is that new grads – those entering the funnel – cost half as much as you and are about 90% as effective. This is the nature of engineering.And yet the call is still making the rounds that we need more scientists and engineers. Why? Because it is to the advantage of some people to keep salaries down?Sorry to be cynical, but look around you and think about it. Sad.