Job Skills Possessed by Psychology Majors
If you are planning on getting a job after graduation, what skills will you have gained as a Psychology major that will make you attractive to employers? This is important, so you can market yourself successfully.
Edwards and Smith (1988) conducted structured interviews with 68 government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and for-profit sales and service corporations. They asked how important a number of skills were to these employers, as well as how knowledge in a number of important areas of psychology were. Tables 1 and 2 show how important these skills and knowledge areas were rated by these employers.
|Skill||% of Employers Rating Useful|
|Writing proposals and reports||90%|
|Doing statistical analyses||84%|
|Identifying problems and suggesting solutions based on research findings/knowledge of behavior||79%|
|Designing and conducting research projects||71%|
|Using computer programs to analyze data||60%|
|Test and questionnaire construction||56%|
|Observation of human behavior||51%|
|Knowledge Area||% of Employers Rating Useful|
|How people think, solve problems, and process information||78%|
|Attitude and opinion formation and change||75%|
|Small group structure and dynamics||75%|
|Personnel selection techniques||72%|
|Perception and sensation of environment||71%|
|Knowledge of organizational behavior, work, and productivity||68%|
|Effects of physical environment||66%|
|Learning and memory||63%|
|Theories and research about personality and individual differences||63%|
Edwards, J., & Smith, K. (1988). What skills and knowledge do potential employers value in baccalaureate psychologists? In Is Psychology for Them? New York: American Psychological Association, pp. 102-111.