B.F. Skinner? Maybe Not.
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.