Career Choice and Development by Duane Brown & Associates

This will probably merge into economics over the next fifty years. From the labor demand side, we already have a basic mapping of jobs available and income, just need to map out Autonomy, Competency, and Relatedness for each job to gauge motivation (as we currently understand it). From the psych eval side, need to map out the psych correlates for the three motivation variables and delayed gratification; then test from there.

We'll probably make much better headway collecting data across many people, letting that tell us what's going on, and testing forward on new data.

In the wise choice of a vocation there are three broad factors: (1) a clear understanding of yourself, your aptitudes, abilities, interests, ambitions, resources, limitations, and knowledge of their causes; (2) a knowledge of the requirements, conditions of success, advantages and disadvantages, compensation, opportunities, and prospects in different lines of work; (3) true reasoning on the relations of these two groups of facts"
quote from Parsons, 1909 in Chapter 1, Origins, Evolution, and Current Efforts
World War I, the Great Depression of the thirties, and World War II produced a great need to classify pepole in some meaningful way and place them into occupations in which they could perform satisfactorily. The use of tests to measure intellectual functioning began during World War I, accelerated and expanded to include interests, specific aptitudes, and personality in the twenties; it continues to this day. This explosion of technology also provided a new name for Parson's model: trait-and-factor theory.
Chapter 1, Psychologically Based Theories
In 1951, Ginzberg, ginsburg, Axelrad, and Herma set forth a radically new, psychologically based theory of career development that broke with the static trait-and-factor theory. They posited that career development is a lifelong developmental process. They also suggested that career choices are characterized by compromise and, once made, are for the most part irreversible
Chapter 1, Psychologically Based Theories
Well-constructed theories should be parsimonious, that is, they shoudl incorporate the smallest number of constructs possible to explain the phenomena being addressed.
Chapter 1, How to Judge the Value of Career Choice and Development Theory
We might actually get someplace with this book
At this juncture, no theory meets all of the standards identified.
Chapter 1, How to Judge the Value of Career Choice and Development Theory