ERIC Number: ED247514
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
What Do Employers Want? Functions, Knowledge, and Characteristics Desired of Professional Psychologists.
Dole, Arthur A.; And Others
In a time when job opportunities are changing, the opinions of those who hire and supervise psychologists are important. To determine employer preferences in psychologist selection, 105 Philadelphia administrators completed a survey (39% response) rating the importance of various functions, areas of knowledge, and personal characteristics for professional psychologists. Factor analysis of the respondents' ratings of the three categories yielded the following "essential" components: six function factors (vocational, therapy, clinical appraisal, supervision, consultation, and bio-behavioral); two characteristics factors (innovative and treatment-oriented); and six knowledge factors (psychodiagnosis, applied learning, vocational, developmental knowledge, quantitative research methods, and biological areas). The pattern of correlations were further reduced into a practitioner-oriented and a scientist-oriented grouping. These findings are consistent with national studies of counseling and clinical psychology and as such have important implications for education, graduate students, and employers. A table shows the details of survey results. (Author/BL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Students
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association (Baltimore, MD, April 12-15, 1984).