Is It Unrealistic to Think You Can Get a Psychology Job Without a Masters Degree?

Question by katrinaxdoll: Is it unrealistic to think you can get a psychology job without a masters degree?
I am looking to get into psychology but I don’t want to go to graduate school. People have scared me away and said the competition for clinical psychologists is fierce in the US. I’d like to put in 4 years or so. I’d be happy with being a mental health aid. What kind of jobs can you get with a bachelors?

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Answer by Munkstump
Open your own shop as a counselor. As long as you don’t advertise yourself as a doctor, you’re fine. A real dr. will make more loot, but who cares?
Look how many message therapists employ grossly uneducated individuals. Sure, some have degrees, but many do not. and they could actually hurt you.
You can start out by voluntering at some support groups or some crap for druggies and people who feel sorry for themselves. Just to build credentials. And work on your vocabulary.
The problem with not being a real dr., is you won’t get a lot of referrals and insurance money. But, most people go to shrinks just to have someone to listen to them. Those people don’t give a crap if you have a degree or not. Plus, you get to kick them out when their time is up.

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