When you're in college, the first question asked is "What's your major?" If your reply is psychology, the next comment you hear will be some variation of "What! Psychology? You can't do anything with a major in psychology! You'll have to go to graduate school."
As a psychology major for my entire undergraduate career and then on through graduate school and now as a faculty member, I still hear these comments. Interestingly, they are always from people who don't know a thing about the field beyond what they may have learned in an introductory class. Or better -- their source is "that's what I've heard". If you are a psychology major, you know better than to believe "what you hear". If you're interested, take heart, there are many interesting careers that a degree in psychology prepares you for. It is as valued as any liberal arts degree and you have the advantage of some training in research!
Yes, if you want to be a psychologist, you need to go to graduate school. The links below are to help you make an informed decision about your major. You're going to be in college for awhile -- I hope you'll enjoy it! Still considering graduate school?
Check out the links below for valuable information to help you answer the question, "What can I do with a bachelors degree in psychology?"
A great page from APA - Who Do I Want to Become?
Employment Strategies and Opportunities - U of Dayton
Psychologists at Work - U of Dayton, adapted from Marian College's handbook
The Pursuing Psychology Career Page - U of Northern Iowa
There are lots of pages!! If you prefer a book, check out The Handbook of Psychology, by Drew Appleby. Some testimonials from Amazon: This is a must have for those psychology majors who are unsure of what they can do with their degree or how to go about getting into graduate school. It is informative, well-written and full of strategies to help you make the most of your degree and life-skills you can obtain in the field of psychology! AND This book is a must have for all psychology majors or those who are interested in psychology. It gives great advice for graduate school and future careers in psychology. And from me -- knowing it was written by Drew Appleby -- it HAS to be filled with valuable information!!!