This ebook grew out of our experience teaching and working with psychology students on issues related to academic and career success. Whether in the classroom of our Careers in Psychology course that addresses these topics, or in the midst of advising a student, we have developed a deep appreciation for how simultaneously exciting and overwhelming the process of pursuing academic and career goals can be.
Students are passionate about discovering the options available to them and identifying their unique goals. Instructors relish the opportunity to guide students through this process and watch them succeed. However, students and instructors alike can at times feel lost given the range of complex issues involved in academic and career development.
In fact, some of the most helpful information, strategies, and resources for meeting these goals go unused simply because students or their instructors are unaware of their existence. Our appreciation for this mixed experience from both the student’s and instructor’s perspectives led us to write this ebook.
This ebook provides students interested in psychology, and the instructors who work with them, with information that is vital to academic and career success in the field. As such, the book is an ideal text for courses that address aspects of majoring in psychology (e.g., academic strategies, career and graduate school preparation) and/or aspects of career planning (e.g., learning about the careers of psychologists in various subfields and their education and training).
Students who are seeking to clarify their academic and career goals and develop knowledge and skills to support achieving these goals will find the book most helpful.
There are other texts available that concentrate on one or two of the areas covered in this book, such as selecting a career, navigating your academic path, or preparing for graduate school. Many of these texts are excellent resources, and we encourage students and instructors to examine them according to interest and need.
However, our goal was to bring these and other related topics together in one place. In doing so, we compile sound, research-based information and strategies on succeeding as a psychology major and communicate them in an interesting and compelling way.
We hope that the book answers questions about the major and its career paths while supporting the pursuit of academic and career goals.
This ebook is divided into two sections. Part I concentrates on student success in achieving general educational and career goals. In this section we examine such issues as the utility of a psychology degree, strategies for academic success, career decision making, and employment and graduate school preparation. In addition to content, the chapters offer suggested exercises, readings, and resources to enhance understanding of the issues at hand.
Part II of the book concentrates on student success in achieving specific educational and career goals. In this section we examine the various career options within psychology and issues related to these careers. Each chapter addresses a major area within psychology and provides valuable information about the focus, training, and work of individuals with careers in these areas. The chapters also include information about relevant career options at both the graduate and bachelor’s levels. In addition to suggested exercises, readings, and resources, each chapter offers a glimpse into the careers and perspectives of two nationally recognized psychologists working in their respective subfield.
It is our belief that success as a psychology major cannot simply be defined as earning good grades, securing a job after graduation, or gaining acceptance into graduate school. Instead, success involves becoming a strong student who is well informed not only about the field but also about her or his relationship to it. As such, we hope that this book serves as a reliable and trustworthy guide both for students curious about the field and their place within it and for instructors who are assisting them in their pursuit.
is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Kennesaw State University where he joined the faculty in 2003. Prior academic appointments included teaching not only at the undergraduate level but also at the master’s, specialist, and doctoral levels. His publications, research, and practice interests are predominantly in the areas of forensic psychology and the scholarship of teaching. He was an associate editor of the Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice (2002-2009) and presently serves on its editorial board. Currently, he holds licensure as a psychologist in Georgia and maintains a small private forensic and clinical consulting practice. His clinical experience includes work in the community mental health arena, inpatient psychiatric facilities, and multiple forensic environments. He has previously practiced and taught in California and Kentucky. Dr. Helms is a member of the American Psychological Association and the American Psychology-Law Society.
is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Kennesaw State University where he joined the faculty in 2005. His research and practice interests are in the areas of personality assessment, measurement, interpersonal and psychodynamic theories, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. Currendy, he holds licensure as a psychologist in Georgia. He previously practiced and taught in Michigan. His clinical experience includes work across the age spectrum and across levels of impairment, with emphasis on psychological assessment and psychodynamic interventions. Dr. Rogers is a member of the American Psychological Association; the Division of Evaluation, Measurement, and Statistics; the Society for the Teaching of Psychology; and the Society for Personality Assessment.
Part I Majoring in Psychology
1 Why Major in Psychology?
2 Succeeding in College
3 Succeeding in the Psychology Major
4 Assessing and Developing Career Goals
5 Using Your Bachelor’s Degree
6 The Preprofessional Degree: Preparing for Graduate School
7 The Preprofessional Degree: Applying to Graduate School
Part II The Subfields of Psychology
8 Careers in Research
9 Careers in Industrial and Organizational Psychology
10 Careers in Clinical Psychology and Counseling Psychology
11 Careers in Educational and School Psychology
12 Careers in Exercise and Sport Psychology
13 Careers in Health Psychology
14 Careers in Neuropsychology
15 Careers in Forensic Psychology
16 Careers in Academe
17 Assessing the Career Outlook for the Psychology Major Appendix
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