What Can I Do with a Degree in Psychology?

Sources on Careers & Graduate Programs in Psychology

Selected web sites on career options

Social Psychology Network has a career center with job listings, links to other sites as well as many good articles including “Finding Careers with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology” by Bruce R. Fretz. Excellent site on getting into graduate school, preparing for the GRE, developing an academic vita, etc.

Psych Web contains a great article “Careers in Psychology,” by Marky Lloyd, that links to other lists of relevant books, resources, websites on careers, graduate school, and job listings. Great resource.

The site of American Psychological Society contains job listing information as well as a student issues sub-page that contains information on research-doctorate programs in the U.S.

The students site of the American Psychological Association has a number of articles for the bachelor, masters and doctorate graduate on career options. They also offer a brochure titled Psychology: Careers for the 21st Century, c. 1996 and a book entitled Getting In: a step-by-step plan for gaining admission to graduate school in psychology, c. 1993.

A good site containing career information is the one developed by Dr. Linda Walsh at the University of Northern Iowa. Check out the Careers/Searching for a Job sub-page; it contains links to other articles on the subject.

JobWeb contains topics on career development and exploration, interviews and resumes, job market update, recommended reading list, and salaries.

MonsterCollege is a good general comprehensive site with many resources for students, including an on-line job listing service.

Ask The Headhunter is a weekly newsletter with many great tips on getting a job. There are also several great articles, including “Liberal Arts is Slang for Job Skills” and “Making the Liberal Arts Degree Pay Off“.

The University of Dayton’s Psychology Undergraduate Student Handbook has a “Careers” subsection that lists many options for a career in Psychology. Please note that the courses listed are for the University of Dayton, not UALR, although UALR may have similar courses available.
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics  has a great page packed with statistics and information helpful for someone considering psychology as a career.

Selected books and  journal articles

Career paths in psychology: where your degree can take you. Edited by Robert J. Sternberg. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, c.1997.
1) available for viewing in UALR Psychology Department office
2) available for checkout – UALR Ottenheimer Library – 4th floor circulation
call # BF76.C38 1997

Graduate Study in Psychology. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, c. 1998.
Available for viewing in UALR Psychology Department office

The Complete Guide to Graduate School Admission: Psychology, Counseling and Related Professions. by Patricia Keith-Spiegel and Michael Wiederman. Mahwah, NJ: L. Erlbaum Associates, Inc., 2000.
Available for checkout -UALR Ottenheimer library-4th floor circulation call#BF77.K35 2000

Opportunities in Psychology Careers. By Charles M. Super and Donald Super. Lincolnwood, Ill: VGM Careers Horizons, c. 1994.
1) available through Central Arkansas Library System-Aerospace Branch; call # 150.23 S
2) available through Central Arkansas Library System-Williams Branch; call # 150.23 S

Great Jobs for Psychology Majors, 3rd ed. By Julie DeGalan and Stephen Lambert. New York: McGraw Hill, c. 2006.
Available for check out at UALR Ottenheimer Library 4th floor circulation; call #BF76.D44 2006

Succeeding in Graduate School: The Career Guide for Psychology Students. Edited by S. Walfish and A. K. Hess. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc., c. 2001.
400 pp. Paperback $32.50, Cloth $95.00.

Careers in psychology at the associates, bachelors, masters, and doctoral levels,” by Ronald D. Taylor and Cheryl Ann Hardy. Psychological Reports, v. 79, December
1996, pt. 1, pp. 960-62.
Available at UALR Ottenheimer Library

A skills-experience inventory for the undergraduate psychology major,” by Daniel J. Kruger and Eugene B. Zechmeister. Teaching of Psychology, v. 28 no. 4, Autumn
2001, pp. 249-53.
Available in UALR Psychology Department office

Psychology careers material: selected resources,” by Retta E. Poe. Teaching of Psychology, v. 17, October 1990, pp. 175-78.
Available in UALR Psychology Department office

Selected general/reference resources

The 2009 What Color is Your Parachute?:a practical manual for job-hunters and career-changers, by Richard Nelson Bolles. Ten Speed Press, Enfield: Publishers Group UK c. 2009.
Available for checkout – UALR Ottenheimer Library – 4th floor circulation,
call # HF5382.7.B65 2009

Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2002-03. U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Washington, DC, 2001.
Available for library use only – UALR Ottenheimer Library – 1st floor reference,
call # Ref HF5381.A1 036. Also available on CD/ROM.
Need to know some specific job titles to search.

Peterson’s Graduate Programs in the Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences. Princeton, NJ: Peterson’s Guides, annually.
2009 edition available for library use only – UALR Ottenheimer Library –
1st floor reference, call # Ref L901.P46