This report on which college majors bring in the biggest salaries has been on the news a lot recently. I’m not interested in the report at all because I believe that a study providing medians based on reported incomes is completely useless. Especially today, when unemployment among graduates is extremely high. The only part of the report that I found curious is the following:
For workers whose highest degree is a bachelor’s, median incomes ranged from $29,000 for counseling-psychology majors to $120,000 for petroleum-engineering majors. . . Counseling psychology was the only major for which bachelor’s-degree recipients had lower median earnings than high-school graduates.
I’m not surprised by that at all. Long and concerted efforts have been made to destroy psychology in this country. Now all you get in terms of psychological help is either a bunch of pills or a lot of endless conversations about nothing. A friend of mine was in so-called therapy for eleven years. Obviously, a specialist who can’t do anything for you in all that time is an absolute quack. And that therapist had a doctoral degree. I can only imagine inanities that people with a BA in “counseling psychology” dispense for a living. (Something tells me that “counseling psychologists” were consulted to create the list of helpful, friend-making activities for autistics that I blogged about yesterday). They are a lot less dangerous than therapists, of course, because at least they don’t hand out prescriptions.
In case you don’t know, courses on happiness and positive thinking are usually offered within these Counseling Psychology BAs. Here is a list of courses one of them offers: Wilderness Therapy; Creativity, Madness and Self-Expression; Intimacy, Relationships and Sexuality; Ecopsychology; Positive Psychology.
For people who decide to continue with this field of study in grad school, there are research opportunities available. Here is a list of dissertations in the field of counseling psychology of a single institution:
Body image dissatisfaction of college women
Women’s estimation of their male romantic partner’s pornography use as correlates of their psychological distress, relationship quality, and sexual satisfaction.
The newlywed experience for women: A phenomenological investigation.
Sexual objectification and substance abuse in young adult women.
There aren’t, of course, any parallel studies on men. And the we are surprised that people in the field whose goal is to sell positive thinking and to pathologize womanhood are in no demand in the workplace.