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Therapist Gerald Oster weaves together advice and insights from dozens of working psychologists. From public health to advertising, sports to homeland security, these diverse stories provide a wealth of information for anyone who has ever considered a career in psychology.
Psychology is one of the most popular majors in college today, with the number of students enrolling in this discipline surging some 200 percent in the last 10 years. In this book, dozens of outstanding practitioners and scholars explain how quickly the career opportunities for graduates with psychology degreees are growing. Today's trained psychologists have found themselves not only conducting talk therapy and clinical research, but working for a variety of agencies, including the CIA and Homeland Security, the Library of Congress and the Security and Exchange Commission. Gerald Oster contacted dozens of working psychologists for this accessible work and asked them what advice they would have for today's aspiring psychologists. Their responses provide a glimpse into a changing and ever-expanding field. Dozens of contributors recall their thoughts and actions as they plotted careers - or landed jobs by surprise - in standing or new roles for psychologists. Includes advice on making the 'right' choice from among psychology careers, the 'ins and outs' of graduate school, and what lessons seasoned professionals have learned in their quests for meaningful careers. Websites to visit for more information on specialties are listed, as are suggested additional readings. This insightful work will interest high school students and college undergraduates, career-changers and psychologists seeking new directions, as well as guidance counselors and parents.