Psychology careers by the hundreds
A free online resource helps psychology students find the job that’s right for them.
What can students do with a BS or BA in psychology?
That’s the question answered by a comprehensive new guide
from APA’s Div. 2 (Society for the Teaching of Psychology). The
Online Career-Exploration Resource for Psychology Majors is a
free, downloadable directory of hundreds of careers for which
psychology majors can prepare, and contains more than 2,000
hotlinks to websites, videos, interviews and e-book chapters
that define and explain each career.
The resource also offers a section for faculty that explains
how best to use it and provides extensive lists of both online
and printed sources of career-advising information.
The man behind the guide is Drew Appleby, PhD, professor
emeritus of psychology at Indiana University–Purdue
University Indianapolis, who says that many psychology
programs don’t provide sufficient career-planning information
to students, because faculty may be unaware of the careers their
students can enter or assume their students are getting such
Research backs up that belief: A national survey of
psychology department majors published in 2015
in Teaching of Psychology found that psychology
departments often don’t talk about career
development with their students.
As an advisor and mentor throughout his
40-year career, Appleby found that many
students are too narrow in their career
choices and may not realize that the skills
they learn in both their psychology and
general education courses can help them
enter and succeed at many jobs.
“Knowing Freud’s theory of personality
probably won’t land you a job after you
graduate, but the ability to write and speak
clearly and persuasively will,” says Appleby.
“Can you understand, apply, analyze and
evaluate complex concepts? Can you work
Of the 280 careers in the guide, 224 do not
require a graduate degree because only about
20 percent to 25 percent of the more than 100,000
students who earn a bachelor’s degree in psychology
each year go on to graduate school — and not necessarily
With its jobs grouped into 15 broad occupational categories,
“There are so many careers listed, a student would be hard-
such as human resources, education, technology and the
military, the resource clearly shows that a psychology degree
goes far beyond training therapists. In fact, the psychology
degree is among the most broadly applicable to today’s job
market, says Ruth Ault, PhD, professor emerita of psychology at
Davidson College, who edits the teaching resources section on
Div. 2’s website.
pressed to find something that doesn’t involve psychology,” she
Find the student resource at www.teachpsych.org/Resources
/Documents/otrp/resources/ appleby15students.docx and the
faculty resource at www.teachpsych.org/Resources/Documents
— Stacy Lu