School Psychologists

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About the Job

Investigate processes of learning and teaching and develop psychological principles and techniques applicable to educational problems.

It is also Called

  • School Social Worker
  • School Psychometrist
  • School Psychology Specialist
  • School Psychologist Assistant
  • School Psychologist
  • School Psychological Examiner
  • School Counselor
  • Psychometrist
  • Psychologist
  • Preliminary School Psychologist

What They Do

  • Conduct research to generate new knowledge that can be used to address learning and behavior issues.
  • Provide educational programs on topics such as classroom management, teaching strategies, or parenting skills.
  • Design classes and programs to meet the needs of special students.
  • Initiate and direct efforts to foster tolerance, understanding, and appreciation of diversity in school communities.
  • Refer students and their families to appropriate community agencies for medical, vocational, or social services.
  • Collaborate with other educational professionals to develop teaching strategies and school programs.
  • Serve as a resource to help families and schools deal with crises, such as separation and loss.
  • Attend workshops, seminars, or professional meetings to remain informed of new developments in school psychology.
  • Develop individualized educational plans in collaboration with teachers and other staff members.
  • Promote an understanding of child development and its relationship to learning and behavior.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: IS.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Investigative interests, but also prefer Social environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Relationships, but also value Independence and Achievement in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • Therapy and Counseling - Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Sociology and Anthropology - Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Education Required

Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).

LMI Region

Wages

In 2013, the average annual wage in United States was $72,710 with most people making between $39,020 and $112,380

Outlook

1.95%
avg. annual growth

During 2010, this occupation employed approximately 154,000 people in United States. It is projected that there will be 188,000 employed in 2020.

This occupation will have about 3,000 openings due to growth and about 79,000 replacement openings for approximately 82,000 total annual openings.