An advanced degree in psychology offers an extremely wide range of rewarding and well-compensated 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:

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

Each chapter explores a different career, including typical daily activities, the approximate range of compensation, advantages and disadvantages of the career, 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.

Table of Contents



I. Academia

  1. Psychologists in University Departments of Psychology or Psychological Science
    Henry L. Roediger, III
  2. Psychologists in College Departments of Psychology or Psychological Science
    Janet Davidson
  3. Psychologists in Schools of Education
    Kenji Hakuta
  4. Psychologists in Schools of Business
    Adam D. Galinsky, Malia F. Mason, and Joel Brockner
  5. Psychologists in Medical Schools
    Aric A. Prather and Elissa S. Epel
  6. Psychologists in Law Schools
    Barbara A. Spellman and Jennifer K. Robbennolt
  7. Psychologists in Schools of Public Policy
    Jennifer S. Lerner

II. Clinical and Counseling Psychology

  1. Clinical Psychologists in Independent Practice
    Christine H. Farber
  2. Psychologists Specializing in Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology
    Jane Annunziata and Marc Nemiroff
  3. Geropsychologists: Psychologists Specializing in Aging
    Gregory A. Hinrichsen and Michele J. Karel
  4. Clinical Neuropsychologists
    Paul L. Craig
  5. Counseling Psychologists
    Melba J. T. Vasquez and Puncky Paul Heppner
  6. Psychologists Specializing in Psychopharmacology
    Joseph E. Comaty
  7. Psychologists Specializing in Rehabilitation Psychology
    Joseph F. Rath, Hilary Bertisch, and Timothy R. Elliott

III. Specialized Settings

  1. Psychologists Working in Independently Funded Research Centers and Institutes
    Rebecca M. Puhl and Marlene B. Schwartz
  2. Forensic Psychologists
    Natalie M. Anumba and Ira K. Packer
  3. Sport Psychologists
    John P. Sullivan, David B. Coppel, Sam Maniar, and Antoinette M. Minniti
  4. Media Psychologists
    Pamela Rutledge
  5. Consulting and Organizational Psychologists
    Judith S. Blanton
  6. Psychologists in Management
    Bruce L. Bobbitt
  7. Consumer Psychologists
    Anne E. Beall
  8. Psychologists in the Publishing World
    Gary R. VandenBos and Rosemarie I. Sokol-Chang
  9. Psychologists Writing Textbooks
    Laura E. Berk and Sean W. Wakely
  10. Military Psychologists
    Paul T. Bartone and Ann T. Landes
  11. Police and Public Safety Psychologists
    David M. Corey
  12. Psychologists Giving Grants Through Nonprofits
    Lonnie R. Sherrod
  13. Psychologists Giving Grants Through Government Organizations
    William M. P. Klein, Rebecca A. Ferrer, and Sally S. Dickerson
  14. Psychologists in Educational Testing and Measurement Organizations
    Wayne J. Camara
  15. School Psychologists
    Mary S. Barringer and Shantina R. Dixon
  16. Psychologists Pursuing Scientific Research in Government Service
    Marc H. Bornstein

Epilogue: Preparing for a Career in Psychology


About the Editor

Editor Bio

Robert J. Sternberg, PhD, received his BA from Yale and his PhD from Stanford. He also is the recipient of 13 honorary doctorates.

He is professor of human development at Cornell University and honorary professor of psychology at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. Prior to that, he served as a university dean, provost, and president. Earlier, he was IBM Professor of Psychology and Education in the Department of Psychology at Yale University and director of the Yale Center for the Psychology of Abilities, Competencies, and Expertise (PACE Center).

He was also the 2003 president of APA and the 2012–2013 president of the Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences.

He is editor of Perspectives on Psychological Science and previously was editor of The APA Review of Books: Contemporary Psychology and Psychological Bulletin.

He has won many awards, including the James McKeen Cattell Award of the Association for Psychological Science.

He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Education and a fellow of APA, Association for Psychological Science, American Educational Research Association, and American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Reviews & Awards

This is a worthwhile and beneficial book for those considering a career in psychology. I would strongly recommend it to any student majoring in psychology at the undergraduate level as well as those thinking about changing their careers.
Doody's Review Service

Career Paths in Psychology: Where Your Degree Can Take You continues to be the ideal textbook for students seeking to find an exciting career in psychology.
The Midwest Book Review

Workplace autonomy, lifelong learning, intellectual engagement, working for the betterment of all people — these are only some of the benefits for students who decide to pursue psychology careers. This volume presents a cornucopia of options with real-world advice from professionals in every psychology-related field. It is an essential guide for everyone who is thinking about what to do with the rest of their life.
—Diane F. Halpern, PhD
Dean of Social Sciences Emerita, Minerva Schools at Keck Graduate Institute, San Francisco, CA, and Professor of Psychology Emerita, Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, CA

Finding the right career is perhaps the most significant challenge psychology graduates face. This book will help you meet that challenge. My niece is a junior in high school who is interested in psychology. When the topic of possible careers in psychology came up, I gave her this text. It will open her eyes to the range of professions in the psychology field.
—Richard Wagner, PhD
Lawton Distinguished Research Professor of Psychology, Florida State University, Tallahassee