Journal of Career Development

, Volume 20, Issue 4, pp 265–286 | Cite as

Frank Parsons: Promoter of a progressive Era

  • Gale A. Watts


There is much that cannot be known about Parsons but his life remains both understandable and exemplary to today's students of career development. It is relevant to recall history and to seek explanations regarding the origins of career counseling by considering Parsons as a man in his time. He was a forward thinker and a promoter of the Progressive years. Many of the issues he was concerned with, such as the eight-hour day, profit sharing, the role of education in preparing the citizen for society, urban planning, and ownership of public utilities remain current concerns. His devotion to principle and total dedication to public betterment are qualities which, as Zytowski stated in 1985, remain needed in leaders for our times.


Social Psychology Social Issue Urban Planning Career Development Public Utility 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gale A. Watts
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  1. 1.Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityBlacksburg

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