Why psych grads are least satisfied

satisfaction chart

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.