Q&A: Is an undergraduate degree in Psychology good for the demanded jobs of the future?

Question by Jakeness: Is an undergraduate degree in Psychology good for the demanded jobs of the future?
I am a Psychology major seriously considering switching because I do not see where psychologists and psychiatrists will be needed in the future, I am considering switching to a liberal arts degree in Economics.

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Answer by Dr Asmed
Im not sure about psycologists, but Psychiatrists are Doctors and are needed in the future and have security.

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  1. michele said,

    Wrote on August 2, 2013 @ 4:13 pm

    No.

    Unless you fully intend to pursue either a Ph.D. (required for licensure as a psychologist) or an M.D. (required for licensure as a psychiatrist), psychology is not a viable undergraduate major in the current market.

    Obama’s plan to socialize medicine will not eliminate the need for psychologists and psychiatrists. However, it will be very, very seriously curtailed, and only the most DIRE of cases will be approved for care.

    ~Dr. B.~

  2. short_pale_n_ugly said,

    Wrote on August 2, 2013 @ 4:35 pm

    Quit pussying around and get a BS or accept the fact that you’re wasting time (and money!) and only delaying your crappy job.

    There will always be demand for psychiatry, but you need the balls to hang through post-grad.

  3. response2debt said,

    Wrote on August 2, 2013 @ 5:33 pm

    with the falling economics i would think Both Dr’s. would be needed.

  4. Robert K said,

    Wrote on August 2, 2013 @ 5:48 pm

    Psychologists and psychiatrists will always be needed. However, the graduate programs are highly competitive and if you change your mind in your senior year you basically have no job prospects. If you’re considering switching, you should switch because you probably aren’t interested enough in the field to get through at least 5 years of post-graduate study. Economics is a much better choice.

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