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B.F. Skinner? Maybe Not.

October 13, 2010

I read an article this morning that captured the results of a survey conducted by PayScale.com.  Participants were asked “Overall, how satisfied are you with your current career path up to now?”  The 10,800 participants were employed workers who got their bachelor’s degrees between 1999 and 2010.

The findings were that individuals with psychology majors had a satisfaction rate significantly lower than others, with only 26% of psychology majors stating they’re “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with their career paths.

One career coach was quoted as saying  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 resumes. “It’s not something you want to advertise,” she said.

I think I need to hug a psychology major today.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. ggmckinney permalink
    October 13, 2010 7:48 pm

    Wish those psych majors would have learned from those who came before them. There are no jobs for the undergrad psych major, need a doctorates and your own practice. Now that HR is coming into its own as a major and as a profession maybe more will follow our path. 🙂

  2. November 24, 2010 11:04 am

    there are professional career coaches out there that charges a small fee ~;;

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