Title

Perceptions of Educational Requirements and Expected Earnings for Careers in Psychology

Date

5-29-2014 9:00 AM

End Time

29-5-2014 11:00 AM

Location

Werner University Center (WUC) Pacific Room

Department

Psychology

Session Chair

David Foster

Session Title

Behavioral Sciences Poster Session 1

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Dr. Chehalis Strapp

Presentation Type

Poster session

Abstract

The current study investigated the accuracy of students’ perceptions regarding the education required to obtain their desired career and expected annual salary for this job. Sixty-four undergraduate psychology majors (Mage=24.11, SD=6.08) were asked to report their desired career title, to estimate the education needed for this position, and expected annual salary. The data were compared with information provided in the Occupational Outlook Handbook or ONET (2013). As predicted, students overestimated the amount of education needed for their desired career, however they did not overestimate income. Results are discussed in terms of career self-efficacy.

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May 29th, 9:00 AM May 29th, 11:00 AM

Perceptions of Educational Requirements and Expected Earnings for Careers in Psychology

Werner University Center (WUC) Pacific Room

The current study investigated the accuracy of students’ perceptions regarding the education required to obtain their desired career and expected annual salary for this job. Sixty-four undergraduate psychology majors (Mage=24.11, SD=6.08) were asked to report their desired career title, to estimate the education needed for this position, and expected annual salary. The data were compared with information provided in the Occupational Outlook Handbook or ONET (2013). As predicted, students overestimated the amount of education needed for their desired career, however they did not overestimate income. Results are discussed in terms of career self-efficacy.