Searching for your first psychology job can be an exciting experience, but it can also be a bit daunting. Learning where to look for psychology jobs can make your search much easier. By seeking jobs that match your interests, educational background and career experience, your job search will also be much more successful.
Connect With Your Network of Professional Contacts
One of the best ways to look for psychology jobs is to explore your existing network of professional contacts. If you have just graduated from college and have never worked in the field of psychology, your best bet is to maintain solid contacts with your professors and advisors. They can often connect you with potential employers, alert you to job opportunities and offer recommendations for employment. According to Alison Doyle, About.com's Guide to Job Searching, at least 60% off all jobs are found through networking.
Create a List of Potential Employers
Check the local yellow pages and online listings for companies in your area, and then compile a list of potential employers that offer psychology-related jobs. Depending upon your specialty area, this list might include K-12 schools, colleges, universities, hospitals, government offices, mental health clinics or psychotherapy practices. Analyze each company carefully. Do they offer jobs in your specialty area? Is your educational background and job experience a good match? After you have narrowed down the list, research each company to see if they are currently hiring.
Look at Local Job Listings
Scoping out the local classifieds is a great way to find psychology jobs. In many cases, these psychology jobs are listed under the health care, human services, professional and educational categories. Newspaper classifieds, Craig's List, online job search engines and your local Chamber of Commerce are all great places to find out about psychology jobs in your geographic area.
Check Out Job Fairs
Utilize Online Job Boards and Search Tools
Whether you are looking locally or are willing to relocate, online job boards and search tools are a great resource for finding psychology jobs. These tools often allow you to search by company name, geographic location, keyword and job title, making it easy to focus your search on jobs that are well-suited to your educational background and job experience.
Search Specialty Job Listings
There are a few websites that feature listings of psychology jobs. Many of these sites focus specifically on careers in psychology, while others include searchable listings that may include a variety of different psychology-related jobs. The following are a few of the resources you might want to explore in your job search:
- The APA's Online Career Center
- The APS Employment Network
- Chronicle of Higher Education
- USA Jobs: Official Job Site the U.S. Federal Government
- Psychwatch Job Listings
- Academic Careers Online
- Social Psychology Network Job Posting Forum
- Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology Job Search