R. Eric Landrum , PhD Department of Psychology Boise State University Prince George’s Community College Largo, MD October 18, 2012. The Psychology Major: Career path Options and Success Strategies. Overview. People, Skills, and Money Preparation: Your Undergraduate Career
R. Eric Landrum, PhD
Department of Psychology
Boise State University
Prince George’s Community College
October 18, 2012
The Psychology Major: Career path Options and Success Strategies
How people react when you tell them you are a psychology major:
1U.S. Census Bureau (2009) Current Population Survey
2Carnevale, Rose, and Cheah (2011)
What is a research assistantship? It is an opportunity for undergraduate students to assist a faculty member (or members) in a program of research. When you serve as an RA, you’ll actually be involved in doing the research rather than reading about it.
Acquisition of skills not easily gained in the classroom
Contribute to the advancement of the science of psychology
Become familiar with general research techniques
Opportunity to practice written and oral communication skills
Cultivation of a mentoring relationship with faculty; helpful for letters of recommendation
Serving as a teaching assistant is usually much less involved and time-consuming than being a research assistant. Usually, a teaching assistant helps a faculty member for one semester in the administration of a specific course, such as General Psychology or Statistical Methods.
Criteria M SD M SD
Letters of recommendation2.74 .492.82.42
Personal statement/goals2.63 .552.81.41
Research experience2.04 .742.54.65
GRE scores2.36 .662.50.55
Clinically related public service1.94 .701.91.69
Work experience1.91 .651.87.68
Extracurricular activity1.46 .541.41.55
Means are calculated using 1 = low importance, 2 = medium importance, and 3 = high importance.
Norcross, J. C., Kohout, J. L., & Wicherski, M. (2005). Graduate study in psychology: 1971 to 2004.
American Psychologist, 60, 959-975.
Source: APA Center for Workforce Studies, 2010 Graduate Study in Psychology (May 2010)
Relevant Job Titles for Psychology Baccalaureates
Note. Items in BOLD are also reasons for termination of new hires.