|Careers in Psychology
What do psychologists do when they get to work, and how do they
prepare for and find those jobs?
Last Updated August 19, 2002
Information About Psychology as a Career
Psychological Science Agenda,
the newsletter of the American Psychological Association Science Directorate,
carried a series of articles written by people working in interesting and
unusual nonacademic careers. Among the careers: Research
in the Public Sector, Highway
Safety Research, Market
Research and Consulting, Acquisition
and Sponsoring Editor, Director
of Education and Research, Human
Factors and User Interface Design, Trial
Consultant, and Executive
Search Consultant. The APA Science Directorate now sponsors a
Stories of Nonacademic Careers web page that lists most of these,
The American Psychological Association
Scientific Problem Solvers: Careers for the 21st Century, an online
pamphlet packed with information about training and careers in psychology.
Career InfoNet: Occupation Report - Psychologists — Sparce information
about employment outlook and 1995 median weekly earnings.
Occupational Guide - Psychologists — Similar to other guides, but with
a specific focus on a career in California.
Handbook - Psychologists — From the Bureau of Labor Statistics,
1998-99. Discription of the Nature of the Work, Working Conditions,
Employment, Training, Other Qualifications, and Advancement, Job Outlook,
Earnings, Related Occupations, and Sources of Additional Information.
Princeton Review Guide to Your Career: Psychologist — The focus is
mostly on Clinical Psychologist (one might expect better of Princeton),
but otherwise good Career Profile, Paying Your Dues, and an interesting
Quality of Life report.
Psychology — The University of Wisconsin - La Crosse offers Basic Information
About Psychology as a Career, Myths About The Psychology Major, and getting
started on choosing a career.
What is Psychology?
— From the Psychology Department at Kean University, information about
the discipline, the subfields of psychology, and careers available to holders
of undergraduate, Master, and Doctoral degrees.
Preparing for a Career in Psychology
APS's Frequently Asked Questions
About Education and Training in Psychology
Explains differences between a Psy.D. and a Ph.D. degree, clinical
and counseling psychology (and other specialty areas, what can be done
with a master's degree vs. a doctoral degree, requirements for licensing/credentialling,
and ranking of psychology programs.
APA Program Consultation
APA's list of accredited programs, and information about accreditation
of programs for professional education and training in psychology.
Tree for Psychology Majors
A step-by-step guide for making career decisions, from A
Psychology Student Handbook, by the Psychology Department at Hanover
The Main Index
for Finding Psychology and Related Departments on the Internet
From the Psychology Department at Hanover College.
at Oklahoma State University
A list of U.S. and Canadian clinical psychology programs rank-ordered
by how well their graduates performed on the Examination for Professional
Practice in Psychology between 1988 and 1995.
& Careers in Psychology
Dr. John Suler, at Rider University, describes types of graduate programs
in psychology, what to do to get into graduate school, offers information
about getting money for grad school, suggests a rough timetable for preparing
your applications, and provides some sobering information about getting
into, and completing, different types of graduate programs.
College - Psychology - Careers
Nazareth College of Rochester offers information about career options
with an undergraduate degree in psychology, preparing for graduate school,
and descriptions of career options with a graduate degree.
Preparing for Graduate
School in Psychology
The Department of Psychology, at The University of Richmond provides
information about degrees, areas of specialization, undergraduate psychology
courses one should take, GRE and other tests one should plan on taking,
admission deadlines, filling out and submitting applications, financial
assistance, preparing a personal statement, and seeking letters of recommendation.
Finding Jobs in the Field of Psychology
Chronicle Of Higher Education - Psychology Positions
Looking for a teaching or administrative position, or a new one?
Dr. Mark Plonsky, at The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, offers
information about getting into graduate school and finding a job after
Marky Lloyd's Careers
in Psychology Page
Marky's page focuses on: (1) careers in psychology at the bachelor’s,
master’s, and doctoral level and (2) academic information about psychology
at the bachelor’s and graduate levels. Sections also examine goals
for college and career, and suggestions for assessing academic abilities,
interests, skills, and values to help clarify career and academic goals.
Career Sites to Explore
Linda Walsh, at The University of Northern Iowa, maintains a list of
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