Tracking the Training and Careers of Graduates of Advanced Degree Programs in Sport Psychology, 1989 to 1994

in The Sport Psychologist
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  • 1 Victoria University
  • 2 University of Arizona
  • 3 Alpine Taylor Consulting
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This study expanded the work of Waite and Pettit (1993) and contacted 75 graduate programs for lists of names and addresses of students who graduated between 1989 and 1994 (N = 731). Doctoral (n = 92) and master (n = 162) graduates completed a tracking survey (modified from Waite & Pettit), reporting their demographics, educational backgrounds, current positions, incomes, initial and future career goals, and supervised experiences. The majority of doctoral graduates have found positions in academia/research, and most of the master graduates were in some sport or sport psychology-related job. The majority of the master and doctoral graduates, however, reported that finding paying sport psychology work was difficult, and many expressed at least moderate levels of frustration with the progress of their sport psychology careers. The information from this study could be useful for advising current and potential graduate students about career options after graduation.

Mark B. Andersen and Tim Aldridge are both with the Department of Physical Education and Recreation, Victoria University, P.O. Box 14428, MCMC, Melbourne 8001, Australia; Jean M. Williams is with the Department of Psychology at the University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721; and Jim Taylor is with Alpine Taylor Consulting, Aspen, CO 81611.

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