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Psychology majors have employment rates similar to other strong liberal arts degrees. Psychology majors have the types of skills and dispositions that employers are seeking. The UWL Psychology Department strongly encourages our majors to visit Career Services, discuss options with advisors, and familiarize themselves with excellent information that is available on the internet. Below we have gathered some preliminary resources to help students get started on their job searches.

Before exploring the items below, you might consider looking at this Online Career Exploration Resource for Psychology Majors (a single PowerPoint slide). It is a list of 300 careers that psychology majors can prepare to enter, which are organized into 15 broad occupational categories that are color coded based on degree requirements.

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  • FIELDS OF PSYCHOLOGY A complete listing of psychology fields and specific information regarding these fields.
  • JOB DESCRIPTIONS Dr. Drew Appleby from IUPUI has collected a list of links to occupations of interest to psychology majors from the U.S. Department of Labor . These descriptions identify the skills people in these occupations must possess to perform their jobs successfully.
  • O*NET: The O*NET system is a national source of occupational information, providing comprehensive information on key attributes and characteristics of workers and occupations - you will need to search it by keywords or terms.
  • SOCIAL WORK CERTIFICATION IN WI The State of Wisconsin licensing website
    There are many opportunities for jobs in human services/social services that do not require the job applicant to be social work certified.  However, for the jobs that require social worker certification a student needs to be certified by the state.  Most students who get certified by the state have an undergraduate degree in social work (BSW) OR a MSW (Master's in Social Work).  UWL majors are eligible for certification BUT will need additional specific coursework as indicated at the site and this coursework needs to be completed at a school where it is taught by social workers.  Specific course work earned at UWL will not count toward the certification application despite the fact that the descriptions may read as highly aligned with UWL course content.
  • INTERNATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES - Access Going Global through the Additional Resources menu in Handshake - it includes country career guides, employer directories and international job and internships listings.

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  • A sample of career searching sites (some may involve fees or subscriptions but you will be warned before you spend any money). Career Services provides information on several options for online searching including sites specifically associated with more psychology-related jobs.
  • LearnPsychology.org: Learn Psychology is focused on providing college students with information and resources on how to land and be successful in a psychology career. We've just updated our open-access guide to non-psychology careers for psychology majors. A psychology education opens a number of unique career opportunities, so we created this guidebook to help graduates better understand how to use their skills and degrees to land jobs in an array of industries.
  • PsychologyDegree411 Jobs Board(http://www.psychologydegree411.com/jobs/) is a free jobs board updated daily with psychology related positions that can be searched by keywords, degree type, and/or by state. Users can also search for internships. 
  • The College Student's Guide to Pre-Professional Psychology Opportunities: Classroom-based learning can only take a student so far, and eventually, psychology students need to seek out real-world training to make themselves more marketable to employers. Learn Psychology created this guidebook to help students find the best internships, work-study programs, and other pre-professional psychology experiences available. Some key elements of the guide are (1)  an exhaustive list of available pre-professional options
, (2) pros and cons for each of the opportunities listed
, and (3) tips for moving into a professional or academic career.
  • Forensic Psychology Online: Contains a wealth of information, including steps on how to become a forensic psychologist, career guides, state-by-state licensing information, educational opportunities, and much more.

Human services job searching - additional information

  • Many employers in this area advertise in their local newspapers as they do not have large advertising budgets. Consequently, check to see if the job site you've chosen crawls newspapers for jobs and/or visit the classified ads of the paper in a town in which you'd like to work. 
  • The National Assembly of Health and Human Services Organizations(www.nassembly.org) has a link to jobs and internships across the nation.
  • The local United Way website for the geographical area for which you are interested will provide a list of agencies they support.
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  • The UWL Scholarship Resource Center keeps the most up-to-date information for internal and external scholarships available to our students.
  • Reviews.com: This company periodically reviews different sources of information for consumers. You can check out their list of The Best Scholarship Search Platforms of 2017.
  • Psychology.org: This organization has a resource that highlights many scholarships created specifically for psychology students. You can check out the list here.
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