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Self-Assessment

Finding a career you'll love will involve gathering information about specific occupations - but it doesn't start there - it starts with you.

Self-assessment exercises can suggest careers for you to explore or help you focus on a few promising options if the list you already have in mind feels too long. Also, reflecting on your career-relevant Values, Interests, Personality, and Skills (VIPS) can help you figure out how well particular careers will fit you.

Self-assessment tests: Options for IU students


Career Research

Psychology and neuroscience majors have hundreds of career options. Our majors enter cutting-edge careers in business, information technology, marketing, medicine & allied health, law, research, education, social work, and beyond.

To prepare for a great career while you're in college, you'll need to understand the value of your degree, explore careers, and build career-relevant experience.

The articles and books below are offered to stimulate your thinking. Explore the IU Career Guides and meet with a career advisor to explore all of your options. Remember: Your major enhances your options, it does not define them.

Psychology & Neuroscience Advising Library (PY229) has books that our majors are welcome to browse and check out:

  • Finding Jobs with a Psychology Bachelor's Degree: Expert Advice for Launching Your Career. If graduate school is not in your immediate plans, this book is for you. Twenty-eight professionals describe their work and how their bachelor's degree helped get them there.
  • The Psychology Major: Career Options and Strategies for Success. Identify career opportunities for holders of a Bachelor’s degree in psychology as well as for holders of a Master's or Doctoral degree in psychology.
  • Majoring in Psychology: Achieving Your Educational and Career Goals. Steps to prepare for a job or graduate study and biographies of national figures in their respective subfields. Also, guidance to ensure your personality and abilities match the skills that potential career paths demand.
  • Great Jobs for Psychology Majors. You've worked hard for that psychology degree. Now what? This book provides profiles of careers of interest to many psychology majors.

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If you think you'd like to become a psychologist or a neuroscientist, then you'll have to attend graduate school after you complete your Bachelor's degree.

Start exploring subfields, interviewing professionals, and getting career-relevant experience as early as your first year in college - as part of your preparation for graduate school and your future career.

Explore careers in psychology & neuroscience online:

Psychology and neuroscience majors are welcome to drop by the PBS Academic Advising Office (PY229) and browse through our books anytime the office is open.

The books listed below focus careers in psychology and closely-related fields. They are available for one-week checkout to our majors.

  • Careers in Psychology: Opportunities in a Changing World. Brief info about careers available for those who possess an undergraduate degree in psychology. Detailed descriptions of careers available for those who go on to graduate school - clinical and counseling, neuropsychology, school, forensic, health, sports, industrial/organizational, and consumer psychology.
  • What Can You Do with a Major in Psychology? Real People. Real Jobs. Real Rewards. Advice on college and curriculum choices, internships and more. Profiles of real graduates, their jobs, and how they got them: Art therapist, sports psychologist, forensic psychologist, school psychologist, corporate psychologist, and community psychologist.
  • Applied Psychology: New Frontiers and Rewarding Careers. Explore cutting-edge research careers and non-traditional career opportunities in which psychological science is being used to promote human welfare. Contributors describe a range of careers related to ecological sustainability, interpersonal relationships, bridging cultures, promoting health, and improving work life.
  • Career Paths in Psychology: Where Your Degree can Take You. A must-have resource for students contemplating a career in psychology. Authors selected for their distinction in their chosen careers offer their professional-and personal-perspectives on 19 different graduate-level careers in psychology in academia, clinical & counseling psychology, hospitals, public service, businesses, and schools.
  • Life as a Psychologist: Career Choices and Insights. "Oster offers a book that came about when he began to transition his career.... Seeking motivation, he solicited stories from his colleagues on how their careers in psychology evolved.... The stories and advice in this book should motivate students to think bigger about what they can do after graduation." Editorial Review by Choice
  • Your Career in Psychology: Clinical and Counseling Psychology. Introduces students to the variety of forms that clinical or counseling psychology careers may take. Each chapter presents a career path, including an overview, advantages and disadvantages, and a profile of a psychologist who has chosen that path.
  • Finding Your Counseling Career: Stories, Procedures, and Resources for Career Seekers. Describes counseling positions in different settings - educational, private/independent practice, coaching and consulting, governmental settings, and more. Explains different types of licenses, certificates, and other professional counseling credentials. The journeys of fourteen counseling professionals are presented.
  • The Emerging Professional Counselor: Student Dreams to Professional Realities. Information and insight on development as a professional counselor. Areas include choosing a graduate program, how to get the most from a program, critical early decisions about specialization and gaining experience, supplementing one's formal education, strategies for finding a job, and the transition from student to employed professional.
  • Careers In Counseling And Human Services. Examples of counseling and human services careers in seven different work settings, all written by professionals in that particular area: schools, higher education, business and industry, private practice, federal and state agencies, health care facilities, residential treatment, and community-based support programs. Information is provided about licensure, certification, program accreditation, and steps for career decision-making.
  • A Guidebook to Human Service Professions: Helping College Students Explore Opportunities in the Human Services Field. Are you interested in a career helping people, but unsure about your career options? This book provides excellent cutting edge information about a large variety of human service professions and occupations.
  • 101 Careers in Social Work. A catalog of social work career descriptions and the challenges, skills, and educational requirements needed to succeed. Highlights the interdisciplinary nature of social work, and includes unconventional, cutting-edge career options such as forensic social work, entrepreneurship, working in political systems, international careers, community planning, and more.
  • Opportunities in Social Work Careers. Helpful descriptions of the major areas of practice within the social work field, as well as the specific jobs in and related to the profession; information on how to get the education and licensure/certification you need to qualify; advice on setting your goals and finding the right job for you; salary statistics and resources for further exploration.
  • Careers in Human Resources. If you have a high emotional intelligence quotient, keep your cool when others lose theirs, and understand the link between human capital and business strategy, HR may be the field for you. Turn to this WetFeet Insider Guide to explore the various roles available.
  • Your Career in Psychology: Industrial/Organizational Psychology. A brief introduction to the variety of forms that industrial, organizational, and human factors careers may take. Each chapter presents a career path, including an overview, advantages and disadvantages, and a profile of a psychologist who has chosen that path.
  • The I/O Consultant: Advice and Insights for Building a Successful Career. This innovative volume offers basic guidance on the fundamentals of consulting. In chapters that combine a strong grounding in contemporary I/O research with personal accounts of their career journeys and day-to-day activities, the contributors bring the basic principles conveyed by the authors to life.
  • Forensic Psychology: A Very Short Introduction. Discusses all the aspects of psychology that are relevant to the legal and criminal process as a whole - including lie detection, offender profiling, jury selection, predicting the risk of re-offending, the role of mental disorder in crime, providing guidance to all those involved in court proceedings, and expert testimony that can be provided by a psychologist at trial. Finally, how forensic psychology is used to help in the management, treatment and rehabilitation of offenders.
  • Your Career in Psychology: Psychology and the Law. This book provides a broad overview of modern forensic psychology inclduing the work involved, salaries, and training available for various careers in forensic psychology. It contains profiles of practicing psychologists to give students a clear sense of what each career involves, including Karen Franklin on expert testimony; Scyatta Wallace, a congressional fellow; and Lawrence Wrightsman for forensic psychology.

Most fields, even small ones, have a professional organization. You can benefit from exploring professional societies:

  • Career research: Professional associations and publications are often the best sources of information about the current state of any field, possible career paths and qualifications - licenses, certifications, and educational requirements.
  • Networking: Interview professionals to get a first-hand account of an occupation's rewards, requirements, and frustrations.

Links to over 100 professional societies for careers in psychology, neuroscience, and some closely related fields are provided below. If you don't see an organization below that matches your career interest, then check the IU Career Guides and meet with a career advisor.

Clinical & Counseling Psychology and Mental Health Counseling
Specializations in Behavioral and Mental Health Care

Applied Behavior Analysis

Art Therapy

Career Counseling

Children & Adolescents

Clinical Neuropsychology

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Forensic & Legal Psychology

Genetic Counseling

Health Psychology & Rehabilitation Psychology

Marriage & Family Therapy

Music Therapy

Occupational Therapy

Pastoral Counseling

Play Therapy

Psychotherapy

Recreational Therapy

School Counseling

School Psychology

Sex Counselors, Educators & Therapists

Sport & Exercise Psychology

Issues/Disorders

Alcoholism & Addictions

Anxiety Disorders

Attachment Disorders

Autism

Eating Disorders

Mood Disorders

Trauma

Most forensic psychologists are clinical psychologists with additional training that relates to the legal system. If you want to become a forensic psychologist, you'll want to explore professional associations for Clinical Psychologists and find out how to prepare for graduate school in a clinical program that offers some forensic coursework.

Clinical and Counseling Psychology

Cognitive Psychology

Developmental Psychology

Educational and School Psychology

Experimental Psychology

Neuroscience

Mathematical & Engineering Psychology

Social Psychology

Behavioral and Mental Health Care Career Guide - P199

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