ERIC Number: ED335564
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Careers of Undergraduate Psychology Alumni.
Allen, Mary J.; Scrams, David J.
This study examined careers, income, job satisfaction, and ratings of important work skills among psychology alumni of the California State University (CSU) system. Data were obtained from psychology alumni (N=395) who graduated between 1949 and 1988 from eight independent CSU campuses. Service, organization, and general culture careers accounted for 88 percent of the alumni. Although male and female alumni were just as likely to enter social careers, women alumni were more likely to enter conventional occupations. Men and women did not differ in reported job satisfaction; however, a graduate degree was significantly related to greater job satisfaction among women. A graduate degree was significantly related to greater job satisfaction only among alumni in social and conventional careers. Incomes were significantly higher for men, for those with graduate degrees, and for those in enterprising careers. Alumni rated their employment preparation as fair, but estimated their employer's opinion on the quality of the degree as good. Regarding skills important to their careers, alumni rated interpersonal skills the highest. High ratings were also given to basic skills (reading, writing, and logical reasoning) and people management skills. Results indicated that most psychology majors did not enter careers in clinical psychology, but they did develop satisfying careers that require a variety of skills which were appropriately included in the undergraduate psychology curriculum. (LLL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: California State Univ., Bakersfield.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: California State University System
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (99th, San Francisco, CA, August 16-20, 1991).