Student and Career Resources

What Psychology Majors Could (and Should) Be Doing, Second Edition:

Over the past several months, APA Books has released a number of resources geared towards helping students navigate their academic and career choices. Here’s a round-up of those titles.

What Psychology Majors Could (and Should) Be Doing: A Guide to Research Experience, Professional Skills, and Your Options After College

This book will help undergraduate psychology students gain a competitive advantage for life after college, whether their plans include graduate school or work. Professional research experience remains the most important avenue for fostering and demonstrating the skills that employers and grad schools want—skills like writing, public speaking, and statistical reasoning. Thus, the authors emphasize ways to get involved in scholarly research.

Updated and expanded, this second edition includes tips for writing CVs and personal statements, empirically validated strategies for succeeding in classes, and guidance to help students think about their options after college. This consummate guide will help students get the most out of your psychology degree!

Career Paths in Psychology: Where Your Degree Can Take You, Third Editioncareer paths

An advanced degree in psychology offers an extremely wide range of rewarding career opportunities. This bestselling volume sets the standard for students seeking an exciting career in psychology. Its comprehensive coverage spans more careers than ever, with the vast majority of chapters new to this third edition.

The chapters describe 30 different graduate-level careers for those holding a PhD, EdD, or PsyD in three distinct areas of endeavor:


  • clinical and counseling psychology
  • specialized settings such as for-profit businesses, nonprofits, the military, and schools

Each chapter explores a different career, from typical daily activities, the approximate range of compensation, and advantages and disadvantages of the career, to opportunities for employment and advancement, and how to plan one’s educational and professional experiences to prepare for this specialty. The authors—all highly accomplished professionals—were selected for their distinction in their field, their years of experience, and their ability to communicate their passion.

Graduate Study in Psychology, 2017 Edition

Graduate Study in Psychology is the best source of information related to graduate programs in psychology and provides information related to approximately 600 graduate programs in psychology in the U.S. and Canada.

Graduate Study in Psychology, 2017 Edition contains information about the number of applications received by a program; the number of individuals accepted in each program; dates for applications and admission; types of information required for an application (GRE scores, letters of recommendation, documentation concerning volunteer or clinical experience, etc.); in-state and out-of-state tuition costs; availability of internships and scholarships; employment information of graduates; orientation and emphasis of departments and programs; plus other relevant information.

Starting Your Career in Academic Psychology

This book provides a systematic guide for jump-starting a career in academic psychology—from applying and interviewing for academic positions, to settling in at a new job, to maximizing success during the pre-tenure years. The chapters cover all key skills in which new faculty must become proficient: teaching, conducting and funding faculty-level research, serving the department and field, and “softer” activities such as networking and navigating university politics. Given the demands and competition in the field, this guide is an essential roadmap for new faculty.

psych 101 halfPsychology 101½: The Unspoken Rules for Success in Academia, Second Edition

In this second edition of his popular Psychology 101½, eminent psychologist Robert J. Sternberg updates and extends a trove of wisdom gleaned from decades of experience in various academic settings and leadership positions. In his signature straightforward, intellectually honest, and pragmatic style, he imparts life lessons for building a successful and gratifying career. This revision features lessons in five basic categories: identity and integrity, interpersonal relationships, institutions and academia, problems and tasks, and job and career. Recent developments in the field are covered, and new questions at the end of each lesson prompt reader self-reflection. Valuable to academic psychologists at any level, this book will be especially prized by graduate students, post-doctorates, and early-career professors.

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