Careers & Graduate School

Careers & Graduate School

Quotation Mark

I often tell both prospective and current students that the psychology major is both a blessing and a curse. The blessing is that the psychology curriculum prepares students to be successful in many different careers. The curse is exactly the same. There are many opportunities available for psychology graduates, but it can be difficult to choose a particular direction.

Kreiner, 2009

Most careers in psychology require that students pursue advanced studies beyond the college level. According to the American Psychological Association, the best current job opportunities are in clinical, counseling, school, health, industrial/organizational, and educational psychology. Students are often interested in working with children or adolescents, but opportunities working with the elderly should be considered. The over-65 age group is the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

Check out the latest entry regarding psychology in the U.S. Occupational Outlook Handbook. You should also visit the KU Career Development Center where they have posted lots of information about mock interviews, job fairs, and job search tools, as well as a convenient What Can I Do With A Degree In Psychology? handout. You can also visit All Psychology Careers, APA's Education Directorate, APS's page for undergraduatesCareers in Psychology, and Psychology Career Zone. Finally, you can learn about what it takes to become a licensed professional counselor

Many Kutztown undergraduates choose to go on to graduate study at Kutztown University in mental health counseling, marital and family therapy, elementary or secondary school counseling, student affairs, education, or social work. Visit Graduate Admissions for program information. These are all master's degree programs; all of them are housed in their own KU departments, not in the KU Psychology Department.

Career and Graduate School Books

The Psychology Department Office in OM 384 and the Reading Room in OM 383B contain a variety of reference materials related to careers in psychology and graduate school such as:

The Psychology Majors Handbook (2nd ed.)

Finding Jobs With a Psychology Bachelor's Degree: Expert Advice for Launching Your Career

Getting In: A Step-by-Step Plan for gaining Admission to Graduate School in Psychology (2nd ed.)

GRE (Graduate Record Exam)

You should visit the Graduate Record Exam Web Site to learn how to take the test and how to prepare for it and/or download free GRE POWERPREP materials from Educational Testing Service. Graduate schools place considerable emphasis on GRE scores as entrance requirements. Like the SAT, the GRE General Test has sections to assess Math, Verbal, and Writing ability. Only a minority of master's programs require applicants to take the GRE subject test in Psychology. That means students should focus on improving their math and verbal skills during their undergraduate education; in fact, to insure better preparation for the GRE psychology majors are required to take MAT 105 College Algebra.