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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  • OvidAmongtheGoths

    I’m a Physics teacher in Canada, making $88 000 for forty weeks work. I feel like I am paid fairly for difficult work that requires a high level of training and expertise. This level of remuneration is the lot of teachers in most of the world’s civilized countries, but not in the good ‘ole US of A. Nope, in the U.S. teachers are routinely ridiculed and disrespected, and paid like day laborers. You made a collective decision to turn off the most talented potential educators from teaching, America. Your choice. If I was an American, there’s no way I would subject myself to a career in the classroom.

  • shocking, isn’t it, that some people might choose to help others over being paid a lot of many (besides, get into clinical psychology and you can help people and earn plenty of money, just saying)

    • Ryan Silver

      i second that. psychologists can make a looot of money while helping people

  • meheem

    To all the guys complaining about I don’t know what, I will tell you why it’s fair for a woman to have two options, cuz you were born physically stronger than woman and that is unfair (since you are all for fairness). To balance it off women get two options.
    Now just because they are weak you don’t have the right to exploit them. That is why they get the chance to work hard and live an independent life if they want to.
    You know how a body breaks after bearing a child ? well you don’t cuz you will never bear one. So pay it off by working in coal mine =D
    see how things are working here ? It’s all about balance.

  • dogbite186

    Where were “Women’s Studies,” Peace Studies,” and the ever-popular MBA? Now that MBAs can be had on-line, I’ve never met so many thoroughly stupid people walking around with multiple graduate degrees.

  • Emily Hawe

    “Here’s why psychology is overrated: helping people is exhausting.” – Sex is exhausting, does that make it overrated? Never in a million years.

    • Leo

      Not quite a fair comparison… If you exhaust yourself in something you like (I love tennis), it is fun and exhilarating. Sometimes I feel the aches and pains of the game, but I am happy to pay for them…
      By the way, not to get too personal, love making doesn’t last that long for me so that I am not that exhausted (perhaps I am a lousy lover.)

  • Funwithguns11

    From what I heard if you want to be a history teacher, major in history, not education. What exactly so you learn in education anyway – how to be a Principal?

  • Bob339

    You left out photography.

  • Paul Handley

    In materialist, utilitarian market driven societies such as those in the developed west, why should anyone be surprised if humanities and arts degrees aren’t really worth the paper they’re written on when viewed in that context? The writer of the article hardly seems to question the idea that the purpose of education is to land you a job with the biggest fattest salary possible. But that’s not education is it? That’s the vocational processing of individuals to feed the market, and why should they care if – as a result of that processing – they’re accorded a decent place at the feeding trough? The fact that their true individuality has been cynically manipulated, that their true passions and enthusiasms have been trampled in the dirt, and that they find themselves doing a degree in which they have no interest whatsoever is probably of little moment if their only ambition is to earn as much cash as possible.

    Education used to be the facilitating of the development of young men and women to become critically aware, reflective, autonomous, caring and compassionate members of a society where they are valued for who they truly are: where a person’s true value is not merely a function of how much wealth they produce. If they get good jobs and worldly success on the back of their education so much the better, but merely to enable such is not education.

    Imagine a society where no one studies literature or the visual arts, poetry, music or drama merely for the love of it. It’s not possible I’m afraid, because that would no longer be a society in any meaningful sense of that word; societies need human beings, and in such a continuum the term ‘human being’ is an irrelevance. It’s true to say that a minority will be perfectly happy, doing whatever, if it nets them a great wad of cash; for them ‘more money’ equals ‘more happiness.’ It’s a sad fact that such a message is pressed home and encouraged at every minute of every day by the wider culture – and I’m still not one of them. If you happen to be, the foregoing wasn’t addressed to you and you wasted your time reading it.

    • carecanada

      Well said. If a person tries to study something just to get a job without enjoying that subject, there is a big risk. Especially when that job market dries up. I suggest that one should do something the student likes and/or something s/he has a special talent for doing. Of course one does to look at the market place, but money cannot be the be all and the end all. .

  • Saint_Joseph

    Hi Folks,

    If you graduate from any of these 5 studies, I wish you the best of luck!

    My university education is in a professional faculty in
    a top Canadian University in Ontario.

    Being accepted was one of those life’s rare and treasured moments.

    During my working days, I lived frugally, investing savings in big cap,
    blue chip North American stocks.

    I was continuously employed until I took early retirement at 56.

    Dividend and pension exceed my expenses.


    • Leo

      Can I guess that you were in med or dentistry?? Your frugality helped, but you must have earned high salaries in order to be retired at 56 years as you will live to be 85-90!! Enjoy your retirement as I; mine.

  • Saint_Joseph

    Hi Folks,
    “You reap what you sowed”