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Job Search Resources

Use the following job search sites to search for Psychology-related job opportunities in a variety of settings including human services, criminal justice/forensics, workplaces, and others.

  1. Popular Job Boards:
  2. Exclusive Job Boards for Walden University Students:
  3. Niche Job Boards for Psychology and Related Fields:

Entry-level jobs in Psychology include a wide range of job titles in many areas including human services/addiction, criminal justice/forensics, and workplace. When using any of the job sites above, consider inserting keywords such as: worker, specialist, manager, coordinator, officer, liaison, aide, or technician next to your target population or position.

Below are a few job titles to search for:

Human Services/Addiction:  Assistant case manager, youth advocate, behavioral health technician, mental health aide, child development specialist, child welfare caseworker, family liaison; support specialist (recovery, housing), community worker.

Criminal Justice/Forensics: Corrections officer, parole officer, probation officer, correctional treatment specialist, re-entry specialist, court liaison.

Workplace: Employment specialist, human resources assistant, public relations specialist, project manager, research assistant, program coordinator.


NOTE: Keep in mind that some of these job titles may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the pursuit or completion of your degree.

Build a Resume

Build an impactful resume to communicate your academic and professional skills to employers:

  1. Review these Psychology samples for ideas on how to create or improve your resume (IMPORTANT: these templates are here to guide you; remember to use your own language when creating your documents):
  1. Visit the SkillsFirst to view additional resume samples.
    Tip: Refer to the SkillsFirst Resume and Cover Letter Guide for instructions on how to get started.
  2. Explore the Resumes & More tab for additional resume-writing tips, outlines, and videos. 
  3. Learn how to become a resume expert by completing the career workshop, Build a High-Impact Resume.

Create a Cover Letter

Create a cover letter that captures your work and volunteer experience, education, qualifications, and commitment to social change.   

  1. Review these Psychology cover letter samples for ideas on how to create or enhance your document (IMPORTANT: these templates are here to guide you; remember to use your own language when creating your documents):
  1. Visit the Resumes & More tab to gain additional cover letter writing tips, review outlines, and watch career skills videos.
  2. Build a cover letter using SkillsFirst.
    Tip: Refer to the SkillsFirst Resume and Cover Letter Guide for instructions on how to get started.
     

Write a Personal Statement

If you are interested in applying to a graduate program, you may find that you need to submit a personal statement along with your resume. A personal statement includes not only your interests in the field, but also an explanation as to why you have selected the program. In other words, you need to do your research on the program and its faculty members and make a case for why you are a good candidate.

  1. Review the following resources to learn more about how to write a personal statement for a graduate school application.
  1. Read the sample personal statement for ideas on how to create your own personal statement. (IMPORTANT: This sample is here to guide you; remember to use our own language when creating your personal statement).

Additional Resources

Prepare for a career in Psychology or a related field by engaging in the following activities:

  1. Gain Experience: Visit the Volunteering and Internships page to learn how to gain experience and skills related to your future field, build your marketability, and support Walden’s social change mission.
  2. Build Professionalism:  Watch Ten Steps to Enhance Your Professional Image, to gain tips on how to bring your best professional self forward when interacting with employers and others in your field.
  3. Grow Your Network: Visit the Networking tab for ideas on how to grow your professional network to uncover job opportunities.  Gain tips on how to build your LinkedIn profile and connect with professionals in your field by watching Launching with LinkedIn.
  4. Prepare for Interviews: Start honing your interview skills by visiting the Interviews tab for helpful interview preparation tips and watch the Interview Strategies video to learn how to handle common interview questions.

Prepare for Doctoral Level Career Paths

  1. Doctoral Resources page: one-stop page for doctoral-level career exploration and preparation.
  2. Doctoral Career Pathways Conference recordings and guides: There are four sessions for you to explore. 
  1. Curriculum Vitae Guide: a comprehensive, step-by-step guide to create or strengthen your academic CV.
  2. Imagine PhD: Register on this site to gain access to self-assessment and career planning tools, and job resources for a wide range of doctoral-level career paths.
  3. Beyond Professoriate Blog: Read tips and advice on pursuing non-academic careers at the doctoral level.
  4. Cheeky Scientist (fee-based): Review their services and access free e-books on career paths for PhDs.
  5. Under the Cortex Podcast:  Listen as APS's President, Wendy Wood, shares insights into non-academic careers for Psychology PhDs.
  6. Learn how to use Generative AI tools to navigate the job search and manage your career.

Psychology Job Postings

The job postings featured above are being pulled from the Walden Job and Internship Locator job board and they are updated frequently. Check back often to view new listings and register on the job board to access additional job opportunities that align with your interests and qualifications. 

Visit the Job Search Sites by Subject page and select the Social and Behavioral Sciences and Education buttons to access additional job boards with academic and non-academic positions.

Important Note about Job Listings:

Featured jobs may require specific experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of your degree program. Refer to the WaldenU.edu website for additional information about your academic program and professional preparation.

Please note that Walden University offers non-licensure, non-clinical programs such as PhD Psychology, PhD I/O Psychology, and PhD Forensic Psychology. If you are in a clinical program, such as PhD Clinical Psychology, make sure to check the licensure requirements in your individual state.

Career Checklists for Doctoral Psychology Programs (Non-Licensure, Non-Clinical)

Are you working toward transitioning into the Psychology field or advancing in your current career?  If you are enrolled in or have completed a non-licensure, non-clinical program in Psychology (PhD Psychology, PhD Forensic Psychology, PhD Industrial/Organizational Psychology, or PhD Developmental Psychology), these printable checklists can help you prepare for your next career step:

Career Checklist for Non-Licensure, Non-Clinical  Doctoral Psychology Programs: PhD Psychology, PhD Forensic Psychology, and PhD Industrial/Organizational Psychology


Career Checklist for PhD Developmental Psychology (Non-Licensure, Non-Clinical)


10 Steps to Gain Experience Through Volunteer and Employment Opportunities for PhD Psychology Programs

 

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