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Majoring in Psychology: Achieving Your Educational and Career Goals

ISBN: 978-1-4051-9064-0
336 pages
August 2010, Wiley-Blackwell
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With coverage of important preparatory issues and the key psychology subfields, Majoring in Psychology: Achieving Your Educational and Career Goals provides undergraduate students with clear, concise, research-based information on strategies to begin a successful undergraduate career in psychology.
  • Provides the most comprehensive text on majoring in psychology currently available
  • Discusses the benefits of pursuing a psychology degree and key steps to prepare for a job or graduate study in the field
  • Features brief topical contributions written by national figures in their respective subfields
  • Incorporates current data and research on diversity-related issues as well as guidance on how to ensure personality traits and abilities match the skills that potential career paths demand
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Full Contents.

List of Boxes.

List of Tables.

Preface.

Acknowledgments.

Part I Majoring in Psychology.

1 Why Major in Psychology?

2 Succeeding in College.

3 Succeeding in the Psychology Major.

4 Assessing and Developing Career Goals.

5 Using Your Bachelor's Degree.

6 The Preprofessional Degree: Preparing for Graduate School.

7 The Preprofessional Degree: Applying to Graduate School.

Part II The Subfields of Psychology.

8 Careers in Research.

9 Careers in Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

10 Careers in Clinical Psychology and Counseling Psychology.

11 Careers in Educational and School Psychology.

12 Careers in Exercise and Sport Psychology.

13 Careers in Health Psychology.

14 Careers in Neuropsychology.

15 Careers in Forensic Psychology.

16 Careers in Academe.

17 Assessing the Career Outlook for the Psychology Major.

Appendix.

Index.

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Jeffrey L. Helms is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Kennesaw State University. His publications, research, and practice interests are predominantly in the areas of forensic psychology and the scholarship of teaching. A licensed psychologist, Dr. Helms maintains a small private forensic and clinical consulting practice in Georgia. His clinical experience includes work in the community mental health arena, inpatient psychiatric facilities, and multiple forensic environments. Dr. Helms is also a member of the American Psychological Association and the American Psychology-Law Society.

Daniel T. Rogers is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Kennesaw State University. His publications, research, and practice interests are in the areas of personality assessment, measurement, and interpersonal and psychodynamic theories. Dr. Rogers is a licensed psychologist. His clinical experience includes work across the age spectrum and across levels of impairment, with emphasis on psychological assessment and psychodynamic interventions. Dr. Rogers is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, and the Society for Personality Assessment.

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* Provides the most comprehensive text on majoring in psychology currently available
* Discusses the benefits of pursuing a psychology degree and key steps to prepare for a job or graduate study in the field
* Features brief topical contributions written by national figures in their respective subfields
* Incorporates current data and research on diversity-related issues as well as guidance on how to ensure personality traits and abilities match the skills that potential career paths demand
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"It's pretty clear from the data that the future is bright in these areas, and that our contributions to science and applied work are continuing to increases." (American Psychological Association, 2 March 2011)

"This book looks at all aspects of a psychology career from being an undergraduate major through the weighty choice of a career in neuropsychology and everything in between. This book would work well as a textbook for a career planning course or for an individual who is contemplating entering this field." (Suite101, August 2010)

"A worthy addition to the growing literature on the keys to success for undergraduate psychology majors, the Helms and Rogers text is likely to be one of those books that conscientious psychology students refer to again and again."
—William Addison, Eastern Illinois University

"The Helms and Rogers text truly focuses on helping students achieve their educational and career goals. The authors go beyond the typical career books by presenting a realistic, robust, and diverse picture of possible careers in psychology. Bringing a variety of careers to life, the professional spotlights and profiles of real psychologists represent the true diversity of careers in the field.  I look forward to discussing it with my students."
—Tracy Zinn, James Madison University

"Helms and Rogers present critical information to help students get the most out of their psychology major. In addition, this book will answer questions about graduate school that students don't even know they have to ask. If students take the advice seriously, it will ensure their success."
—Barney Beins, Ithaca College

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