Career Paths in Psychology: Where Your Degree Can Take You

Edition: 3rd
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Pub. Date: 2016-09-19
Publisher(s): American Psychological Association
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Now in its third edition, this bestselling volume has set the standard for students seeking to find an exciting career in psychology. Its comprehensive coverage spans more careers than ever, with the vast majority of chapters new to this edition.

An advanced degree in psychology offers an extremely wide range of rewarding and well-compensated career opportunities. Amidst all the choices, this book will help future psychologists find their optimal career path. The chapters describe 30 different graduate-level careers (i.e., careers for those holding a PhD, EdD, or PsyD) in three distinct areas of endeavor: academia, clinical and counseling psychology, and specialized settings such as for-profit businesses, nonprofits, the military, and schools.

Each chapter explores a different career, and describes typical daily activities, the approximate range of compensation, advantages and disadvantages of the career, opportunities for employment and advancement, and how to plan one’s educational experiences to prepare for this specialty. The authors—all highly accomplished professionals—were selected for their years of experience, their distinction in their field, and their ability to communicate their passion.

Author Biography

Robert J. Sternberg, PhD, received his BA from Yale and his PhD from Stanford. He also is the recipient of 13 honorary doctorates. He is professor of human development at Cornell University and honorary professor of psychology at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. Prior to that, he served as a university dean, provost, and president. Earlier, he was IBM Professor of Psychology and Education in the Department of Psychology at Yale University and director of the Yale Center for the Psychology of Abilities, Competencies, and Expertise (PACE Center).

Dr. Sternberg was the 2003 president of APA and the 2012–2013 president of the Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences. He is editor of Perspectives on Psychological Science and previously was editor of The APA Review of Books: Contemporary Psychology and Psychological Bulletin. He has won many awards, including the James McKeen Cattell Award of the Association for Psychological Science. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Education and a fellow of APA, Association for Psychological Science, American Educational Research Association, and American Association for the Advancement of Science.


Table of Contents

Part I. Academia
Chapter 1. Psychologists in University Departments of Psychology or Psychological Science
Chapter 2. Psychologists in College Departments of Psychology or Psychological Science
Chapter 3.  Psychologists in Schools of Education
Chapter 4. Psychologists in Schools of Business
Chapter 5. Psychologists in Medical Schools
Chapter 6. Psychologists in Law Schools
Chapter 7. Psychologists in Schools of Public Policy
Part II. Clinical and Counseling Psychology
Chapter 8. Clinical Psychologists in Independent Practice
Chapter 9. Psychologists Specializing in Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology
Chapter 10. Geropsychologists: Psychologists Specializing in Aging
Chapter 11. Clinical Neuropsychologists
Chapter 12. Counseling Psychologists
Chapter 13. Psychologists Specializing in Psychopharmacology
Chapter 14. Psychologists Specializing in Rehabilitation Psychology
Part III. Specialized Settings
Chapter 15. Psychologists Working in Independently Funded Research Centers and Institutes
Chapter 16. Forensic Psychologists
Chapter 17. Sport Psychologists
Chapter 18. Media Psychologists
Chapter 19. Consulting and Organizational Psychologists
Chapter 21. Psychologists in Management
Chapter 22. Consumer Psychologists
Chapter 23. Psychologists in the Publishing World
Chapter 24. Psychologists Writing Textbooks
Chapter 25. Military Psychologists
Chapter 26. Police and Public Safety Psychologists
Chapter 27. Giving Grants Through Nonprofits
Chapter 28. Giving Grants Through Government Organizations
Chapter 29. Psychologists in Educational Testing and Measurement Organizations
Chapter 30. School Psychologists
Chapter 31. Psychologists Pursuing Scientific Research in Government Service
Epilogue: Preparing for a Career in Psychology
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