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Psychology Majors

What are you going to do with your major?


Remember, aliberal arts degree opens a vast array of career choices andopportunities. Your degree has prepared you to approach problemsanalytically, think critically about ideas, research, organize yourthoughts, and write about your findings. Your only limitation isthinking that you are only qualified for the traditional jobs in aselected major.

“Many employersare interested in the skills that psychology majors bring tocollecting, analyzing, and interpreting data, and their experiencewith statistics and experimental design.”
American Psychological Association

 
 
The followingbooks are available in the Career Center’s Resource Library (lowerlevel, Seegers). The locations of these books in the library arenext to the title with the section number:
  • Careers in Psychology: Opportunities in a Changing World- Tara L. Kuther and Robert D. Morgan  PSSN
  • The Psychology Major- R. Eric Landrum and Stephen F. Davis  PSSN
  • The Psychology Major’s Handbook- Tara L. Kuther  PSSN
  • Careers in Social and Rehabilitation Services Geraldine O. Garner PSSN
  • The Helping Professions William R. Burger and Merrill Youkeles PSSN
  • Opportunities in Social Science Careers Rosanne J. Marek PSSN
  • Great Jobs for Psychology Majors Julie DeGalan and Stephen Lambert EXPLORE
  • What Can You Do with a  Major in Psychology? Jennifer A. Horowitz
 
 
Other Career Center resources:
  • This Handout available on theCareer Center website or in the Career Center Resource Library.


  • Muhlenberg Career Network, a databaseaccessible from the career library computer that provides contactinformation for Muhlenberg alumni who have volunteered to helpstudents with their career goals.
Examples of types of jobs held by psychology majors:
  • Human Resources (InstiNet)
  • Research Study Analyst (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center)
  • School Psychologist (Riverdale Elementary School)
  • Neuropsychologist (Kessler Medical Rehab. Corp.)
  • Clinical Specialist (Medtronic Inc.)
  • Teacher of Gifted and Talented (Kingwood Township School)
  • Coordinator of Youth Ministry (Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish)
  • Case Manager (Morristown Memorial Hospital)
  • Therapeutic Support Staff (KidsPeace)
  • Pre-Professional Advisor (University of Pennsylvania)
  • Rehabilitation Therapist-Dance (Metropolitan State Hospital)
  • Coordinator of Judicial Affairs (University of Delaware)


Graduate Programs:
  • Career Center:
    • Kaplan’s GRE Exam Subject Test: Psychology GRAD
    • American Psychological Association’s Graduate Study in Psychology GRAD
    • Insider’s Guide to Graduate Programs in Clinical and Counseling Psychology GRAD

  • Faculty Resources:
    Advisors in the Muhlenberg Psychology Department are excellent resources to find out professions in the psychology field and other careers pursued by psychology majors. In addition, advisors are willing to explore graduate school opportunities and options.
 
 
National/Professional Associations:
  American Psychological Association (APA)
    A scientific and professional organization; the largest association of psychologists in the world.  Promotes research, diffusion of knowledge, and high standards of ethics, education, conduct and achievement.
 
  Association for Psychological Science
    A non-profitorganization dedicated to the advancement of scientific psychologyand its representation at the national level, aiming to promoteresearch and teaching.
 
  American Counseling Association
    Contains joblinks, membership opportunities, and career literature.
 
 
Psychology Related Websites:
  The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology
   

Provides job search links, graduate school information, as well as job descriptions and publications of this professional society. This society has student membership opportunities.

 
  Community Psychology Net
    Gives detailed informationregarding the various places where psychologists work, the type ofresearch that they do, and the different jobs that use this major.
 
  Online Psychology Career Center
    Provides information, contacts, and links to job listings and sites. This site also contains resources related to several professional organizations and degree programs and various institutions.
 
  American Board of Forensic Psychology
    Contains information about programsand degrees in forensic psychology.
 
  Society for Human Resources Management
    Includes job search information for people interested in the field of human resources. This society has student membership opportunities.
 
  Psychologists from the Occupational Outlook Handbook
    Contains job descriptions, workingconditions, training, and employment opportunities forpsychologists.
 
  Human Resources and Labor Relations from the Occupational OutlookHandbook
 
  Counselors from the Occupational Outlook Handbook
 
  Human Services Workers from the Occupational Outlook Handbook
 
  Teachers - Postsecondary from the Occupational Outlook Handbook
 
  Psychology Jobs

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Last Revised March 25, 2008
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