Well, I am a second year Psychology student at a University and here are my answers:
1. You will need 4 years to obtain a bachelors degree and I believe about 4 years more to obtain a PhD or PsyD which you will need to become a practicing Psychologist. You can also get a Masters and find a good, high paying job, that's only 1 year of graduate school I believe.
2. I don't think theres a specific college that would be best for psychology, just one that has a good psychology department I guess. Go on some universities websites and check out their psychology department (usually in Liberal Arts) and look around, if you see that the school has a lot of research labs and has done/is doing a lot of research in psychology they should be good. Also, the school should offer both a Bachelor of the Arts degree (B.A.) and a Bachelor of Sciences degree (B.S.) in psychology, beware of schools that don't offer those two degrees.
3. It depends on what degree you are pursuing, BA is probably more likely for becoming a psychologist because it deals more with behavioral aspects of psychology and BS deals more with math and science, which would lead into a career of doing research in psychology. I am pursuing a BA degree and I've taken Intro to Psychology, Intro to Statistics, Human Sexual Behavior, Research Methods and Social Psychology specific to psychology, I've had to take just regular Finite mathematics, Biology, and Spanish as my second language. Most likely you will need two sciences, a second language, and a basic freshman math class. Everything other than that is psychology courses, courses in the humanities (philosophy pretty much), and any electives that your interested in. Thats what I need for my BA, for the BS I just know they dont have a second language and they take a lot more math and sciences.
4. I believe average salary is around 70,000 but of course the averages are skewed because as years of experience in practicing as a psychologist increases, so does pay. Someone who has been working for 20 years will most likely get 70 to 90 K a year. I am not exactly sure, thats just what Ive read.
5. I wouldnt really know but I would say its an ok profession, I am pretty sure anyone would get sick of hearing problems and trying to help people eventually, but I would imagine a vacation every once in a while would help :) Also, psychiatry is often a better profession, more pay, more patients, because they issue pills which means they are supported by insurances. So, if you've got the brains and the will to do through medical school that would probably be your best bet.
Hope this has helped, good luck with deciding what you want to do. Personally, I love psychology, not sure what I am going to do yet though.
· 10 years ago