Want to address questions that have long been central to our thinking about human experience? Then psychology may be the major for you.

Career Resources

  • Alumni contacts: A list of recent psychology graduates by area of specialization. Contact information is provided. Login required.
  • Career Services at St. Norbert College: Provides comprehensive assistance to students and alumni. This assistance ranges from selecting majors to planning for future careers and professions. Career Services maintains mutually beneficial partnerships with professionals, including alumni.
  • Psychology: Careers for the 21st century (PDF, November 2003). This online version of the American Psychological Association career booklet describes what psychology is, the job outlook in psychology for the text two decades, what psychologists do and where they do it and how to get ready to work in psychology. A wide range of career options are described: conducting research, promoting health, helping educate, providing social services and assisting business and industry.
  • Divisions of the American Psychological Association: Many of the the 53 divisions of APA provide career and education information related to their specific areas of interest.
  • Careers in psychology: This site, maintained by Margaret Lloyd, Ph.D., Georgia Southern University, offers an excellent collection of online resources to help students make informed decisions about their futures. These resources are relevant to all psychology students, those who plan and those who do not plan to pursue a graduate degree, those who seek a psychology-related career and those who do not.
  • Online Psychology Career Center: This site, maintained by Scott Plous, Ph.D., Wesleyan University, is designed to be a one-stop resource for psychology students and professionals. It offers guidance on gaining admission to graduate school, advice on preparing for the Graduate Record Exam, suggestions for developing an academic vita and hints for obtaining good letters of recommendation. It also provides a searchable database of hundreds of job listings in psychology.
  • Psychology Degree Guide: Psychology-related articles and degree and career information.
  • Data on education and employment: baccalaureate-level: The data reported here by the Research Office of the American Psychological Association are based on national surveys of students completing undergraduate degrees in psychology. The 1995 APA Survey of 1992 Psychology Baccalaureate Recipients is a particularly informative report.
  • Graduate study in Human Services (2010). Psychology Discipline Teaching Assistant and Counseling Center Intern compiled this Powerpoint presentation including information on graduate study in psychology, social work, and marriage and family therapy.  The presentation also includes information on the Graduate Record Exam and a collection of helpful resources.
  • Occupational outlook handbook: This Bureau of Labor Statistics site is a nationally recognized source of career information. It describes what workers do on the job, working conditions, the training and education needed, earnings and expected job prospects in a wide range of occupations. Employment in the approximately 250 occupations covered in the handbook accounts for about seven out of every eight jobs in the economy. The occupational information presented here provides valuable assistance to individuals making career decisions about their future work lives. The handbook can be searched by keyword.

  • A Students's guide to careers in the helping professions.  Melissa Himelein describes 15 helping professions. For each profession she provides a job description (overview, typical duties, outlook, earnings), a summary of training requirements (degree, lists of programs, typical admissions requirements), and links to additional information. This is an invaluable resource.
  • Social work graduate school: Along with considering graduate education in psychology, students interested in careers helping others might want to consider graduate education in social work. This site includes links to rankings (2000, U.S. News) of the top 80 MSW programs in the country and also a state by state list of CSWE accredited programs.
  • Licensing: Mental health and human services professionals are licensed by the state. The Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing provides information about and sets forth the requirements for licensing as a psychologist, marriage and family therapist, professional counselor, social worker, advanced practice social worker and licensed clinical social worker. The Division of Professional Regulation provides information about and sets forth the requirements for licensing for the state of Illinois.
  • Life beyond clinical practice, academic research and teaching: A growing number of people earning graduate degrees in psychology are forging ahead in new, less traveled directions. They're finding that employers increasingly recognize (and crave) the skills psychologists have, from critical-thinking to an understanding of human behavior and a grounding in statistics.

    • The career path less traveled: Monitor on Psychology, February 2001. Profiles 21 psychologists who have recently completed their graduate training and are now working in non-academic settings.
    • Psychological scientists in the private sector: APS Observer, ongoing series. Profiles more than 20 research psychologists with non-academic careers.
    • The new women leaders.  Monitor on Psychology, July-August 2007.  Profiles 18 female psychologists from varied backgrounds who have followed diverse paths to positions of prominence in academic, corporate, mental health, and philanthropic settings.