5 Most Overrated Degrees

By on July 17, 2013
Overrated degrees

When you’re in college, some of the most frequent advice you will receive is “do what you love”. Aside from many parents, who often (ineffectively) pressure their kids into choosing a degree with a solid career path, most people who give you advice on what degree to pursue will tell you to go after your passion. You may be passionate about the following 5 degrees, but from this list you will see why they are simply overrated.

1. Psychology

Psychology may seem like a great degree choice for a few reasons. You can learn about an interesting field – psychology combines science with basically studying why human beings do the strange things that we do. Psychology also provides you with a degree that can help people, by becoming a psychologist, psychiatrist, or social worker.

However, here’s why psychology is overrated: helping people is exhausting. If you major in psychology, it’s likely that you will spend your career helping others for very little pay.

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  • Joey Tranchina

    I have a couple of those degrees which didn’t matter very much in my career, but the education I acquired certainly did.

    Equating education only to money is the reason America’s democracy is failing.

  • Hugh Vincelette

    If you want to guarantee an income for the duration of your working life; go to medical school , get an MD, & later do a minor in Mortuary Science. Or Not.

    • Leo

      Getting med school is probably is one of the toughest (need high marks, high MCAT score, good references etc.), then be prepared to work like a dog for 7 to 15 years depending how far you want to go and what specialty. The cost will be least 300k and during your specializing years you will be partially paid but not enough to live on. During the last few years you could be married and have a family.
      Salaries for specialities: 350- 700k per year.
      Good luck.

  • ajs-nz

    There is a difference, a BIG difference, between education and ‘training’. There are several inferences, within the article, to jobs having ‘long’ hours and working late. Are we really basing our life-choices on how little we can get away with doing for how great a pay? Is this really what we have become as a society? Life is not something that ‘happens’ before and after work, or during the lunchbreak. ‘Love what you do and you will never work a day in your life’ – perhaps an old and trite saying, but it is so true.

  • Ms. Know it all

    I heard the same misplaced (and limited in perception) advice about psychology before university. People should study what interests them… and figure out a way to use that degree to help them make money and live the life they want. Psychology can be used in a whole host of business professions, mediation, and just personal dealings with people in one’s life. . . This is an overrated article.