Lawrence K. Jones is a professor Emeritus in the College of Education at North Carolina State University; he specializes in the areas of school counseling and career counseling and development. He received his Master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and earned his Ph.D. in counseling psychology at the University of Missouri.
In addition to the Career Key, he has developed two other career guidance instruments used by career counselors, Occ-U-Sort and the Career Decision Profile, and is the author of the Encyclopedia of Career Change and Work Issues, selected as one of the "Outstanding 1993 Reference Sources" by the American Library Association. His most recent book is Job Skills for the 21st Century, A Guide for Students.
He is a member of the National Career Development Association, the American School Counselors Association, and the American Counseling Association. He has written extensively for professional journals, served on the editorial boards of the Career Development Quarterly and the Journal of Counseling and Development, and has been a vocational expert for the Office of Hearings and Appeals, Social Security Administration.
Jones received the annual Professional Development award of the American Counseling Association, and he is a National Certified Counselor.
He and his wife, Jeanine, support The Career Key website, a public service for youth and adults visited by more than 5,000 people daily. There are Career Key translations in Arabic, Spanish, Chinese, Romanian, and Korean; along with companion websites, The Self-Employment Key and Career Key Canada.