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Careers in Social Psychology


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What is social psychology?

  • The scientific study of how people’s thoughts, feelings, and actions are influenced by the real or imagined presence of other people

  • Study of human behavior








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What do Professors Do? others?

  • Teach

  • Research

  • Service

  • Affiliate with Other Areas:

    • Business

    • Education

    • Marketing

    • Communications

    • Sociology

    • Law

    • Medicine



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What about jobs outside of academia? others?

  • Market yourself!

    • Knowledge of human behavior

    • Teaching experience

      • Public speaking

      • Management

    • Research Skills

      • Research design

      • Statistics

      • Writing


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What do social psychologists do? others?

  • Some social psychologists are employed in industry

    • Educational Testing Service (ETS)

    • Gallup Polling Organization

    • Consumer Reports

    • Software companies

    • Marketing research/marketing

    • Advertising


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What do social psychologists do? others?

  • Government

    • Center for Disease Control and Prevention

    • Department of Justice

    • Department of Education

    • Military

    • Census Bureau

    • Department of Energy

    • CIA /FBI


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Examples others?

  • Market research consultant

    • Stephen J. Kraus: answers questions for businesses using basic research techniques

      • How satisfied are customers?

      • How can new products and services be improved?

      • Who are the most valuable customers?


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Examples others?

  • Social Psychologist in Rehabilitation Technologies

    • David Boninger: Markets innovative wheelchair technologies developed by his brother


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Examples others?

  • Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

    • Susan Ferguson: designs ways to minimize losses due to death, injury, & property damage


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Examples others?

  • Trial Consultant

    • Joy Stapp: helps lawyers develop effective trial strategies

      • Jury selection

      • Helps the trial team develop a presentation

      • Tests out the approach with “mock juries”


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Examples others?

  • U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration

    • Christine Sannerud: reviews research and makes recommendations regarding

      • Controlling the manufacture of illicit drugs

      • Laws regarding drug control


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Becoming a social psychologist others?

  • Graduate school

    • Complete coursework and research

    • Gain teaching experience

    • Become Interdisciplinary!

    • Financial assistance


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Getting into graduate school others?

  • High GPA

  • Good GRE scores

  • Research experience

  • Strong letters of recommendation

    ***Don’t forget to research graduate programs and apply to ones that fit your goals!***


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Helpful resources others?

  • www.socialpsychology.org

  • www.spsp.org

  • www.psy.fsu.edu

  • Adam Fay: [email protected]

  • Any questions?


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