If you have read other posts of mine you know about THE QUESTION-- that question you're asked the minute you declare your major: "What are you going to do with that?" And for a psychology major that means most people assume you'll become a psychologist-- coupled with the traditional image of a psychologist as a therapist in private practice. But that is a limiting picture of both the psychology major and the practice of psychology.
And the question, as always, is flawed. It's not "What will you do with the psychology major?" it's "What do you want to do? And how will the knowledge and skills you acquired in your psychology major help you do that?"
The truth is that most psychology majors will not go on to become licensed psychologists. Psychology majors are found in virtually every career field so choosing a psychology major isn't as much of a career decision as it is a decision of what knowledge and skills you'd like to acquire, or what questions you'd like to answer.
As a psychology student you will learn a lot about research, statistics, human and animal behavior, physiology, psychological conditions, how people learn and develop, and so on. All of this knowledge applies to a variety of settings.
So, to get ready for the job market and to help you start thinking more broadly about your major, take a few minutes and ask yourself the following 10 questions (OK that's not exactly accurate-- I've included some follow-up questions) about your psych major:
So... this is just the start, psych majors. Time to use your detective skills and start figuring out how you want to use your major. And check out my post on Branding Your Psychology Major to make the most of your major in the job search.
Check out my book, "You Majored in What? Mapping Your Path From Chaos to Career" which contains examples of psychology majors in the workplace.