1995 Psychology Baccalaureate Employment Survey:
1992 Graduates — Table 3

Perception of Job Market and Job Search Method Reported by 1992 Bachelor Degree Recipients in Psychology,
by type of Employment Position
  Human Services Educational Other Settings Total
  N % N % N % N %
N= 135 100 73 100 206 100 414 100
PERCEPTION OF JOB MARKET                
Bleak 11 8 4 5 8 4 23 5
Poor 35 26 15 20 47 23 97 23
Fair 56 41 27 37 84 41 167 40
Good 28 21 22 30 49 24 99 24
Excellent 4 3 4 5 17 8 25 6
Not Specified 1 1 1 1 1 <1 3 1
JOB SEARCH METHODS USED*                
On-campus recruiting  35 26 13 18 57 28 105 25
Campus Career Services 56 42 25 34 98 48 178 43
Faculty or other college contact 33 24 28 38 43 21 104 25
Family or friend 74 55 37 51 136 66 247 60
Ad in newspaper, journal etc. 96 71 42 57 133 65 271 65
Federal/state/public employment agency 25 18 8 11 38 18 71 17
Private employment agency 11 8 5 7 31 15 47 11
Sent unsolicited resume/application 67 50 32 44 99 48 198 48
Internship/fieldwork placement 30 22 22 30 49 24 101 24
Volunteer placement 19 14 13 18 24 12 56 13
Returned to prior job 13 10 9 12 25 12 47 11
Advice/contacts from prior employer 20 15 13 18 31 15 64 15
Other 7 5 4 5 13 6 24 6
Not specified 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
MOST SUCCESSFUL METHOD                
On-campus recruiting 1 1 2 3 5 2 8 2
Campus Career Services 3 2 2 3 2 1 7 2
Faculty or other college contact 4 3 12 16 4 2 20 5
Family or friend  22 16 11 15 45 22 78 19
Ad in newspaper, journal etc.  33 24 10 14 44 21 87 21
Federal/stat/public employment agency  3 2 1 1 1 <1 5 1
Private employment agency  2 1 2 3 4 2 8 2
Sent unsolicited resume/application  11 8 5 7 15 7 31 7
Internship/fieldwork placement  4 3 5 7 3 1 12 3
Volunteer placement  0 0 0 0 6 3 6 1
Returned to prior job 7 5 0 0 5 2 12 3
Advice/contacts from prior employer 3 2 2 3 8 4 13 3
Other  3 2 1 1 5 2 9 2
Not specified 39 29 20 27 58 28 117 28
 
 
Internship/fieldwork placement 30 22 22 30 49 24 101 24
Volunteer placement 19 14 13 18 24 12 56 13
Returned to prior job 13 10 9 12 25 12 47 11
Advice/contacts from prior employer 20 15 13 18 31 15 64 15
Other  7 5 4 5 13 6 24 6
Not specified 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
MOST SUCCESSFUL METHOD                
On-campus recruiting 1 1 2 3 5 2 8 2
Campus Career Services 3 2 2 3 2 1 7 2
Faculty or other college contact 4 3 12 16 4 2 20 5
Family or friend  22 16 11 15 45 22 78 19
Ad in newspaper, journal etc.  33 24 10 14 44 21 87 21
Federal/stat/public employment agency  3 2 1 1 1 <1 5 1
Private employment agency 2 1 2 3 4 2 8 2
Sent unsolicited resume/application 11 8 5 7 15 7 31 7
Internship/fieldwork placement 4 3 5 7 3 1 12 3
Volunteer placement  0 0 0 0 6 3 6 1
Returned to prior job 7 5 0 0 5 2 12 3
Advice/contacts from prior employer 3 2 2 3 8 4 13 3
Other 3 2 1 1 5 2 9 2
Not specified 39 29 20 27 58 28 117 28
Source: 1992 Psychology Baccalaureate Survey, Research Office, APA.
Note: Due to rounding, column percentages may not sum to 100%. Included are respondents indicating any level of employment. The "Other Settings" category includes a variety of settings including Retail, Law, Food Service, and Business which accounts for the large N.