School Psychologist

Let's give these kids solutions to their problems!

What does a School Psychologist do?

The duty of school psychologist goes as far as lending an ear to uneasy parents and troubled administrators about the academic struggles of a student or just giving a shoulder to cry on. As a researcher, they search through test scores to analyze whether a child is a candidate for special services. Other techniques used to help a child's needs include observation, review of school records, and consultation with parents and/or school personnel. Administration is also a component of the occupation, as school psychologists are responsible for maintaining special education reports, confidential records, records of services provided, and behavioral data. Majority of school psychologists work in the school system, they can also work in residential treatment centers, local mental health agencies, or start their own private practice.

Salary

How much does a School Psychologists make you may ask. According to the BLS, school psychologists earned $67,880 in the year of 2011. The best-paid earned approximately $110,410 while the lowest-paid earned less than $39,060. Top-paying areas of the industry include employment services, business schools and computer and management training, and scientific research and development services. A salary for a school psychologist makes $67,880 per year. School psychologists earn more money than many other social services jobs within the education system. For example, school counselors earn about $54,130 per year and elementary school teachers have a median salary of $52,840. School psychologists even make more than middle school teachers and high school teachers.

Required Education

Being a psychologist requires no education at all... SIKE! If you would like to be a school psychologist you have to work hard! A master's degree is required to become a nationally certified school psychologist. Within that framework, aspirants must complete a three-year program that consists of 60 hours of coursework along with a minimum of 1,200 hours of an internship. The supervised school internship is generally done in a school setting. A passing score on the Praxis II exam in school psychology is also required. While most school psychologists earn their post-graduate degree with the intent of working with children, others end up earning a doctorate for the express purpose of teaching and studying human behavior.

Pros & Cons

Pros of a Career in School Psychology

  • School psychologists are able to help students succeed.
  • School psychologists work in schools so their work schedule is pretty predictable.
  • School psychologists are able to collaborate with a variety of community members, including counselors, teachers, parents, and students.


Cons of a Career in School Psychology

  • Difficulties with students or parents can lead to high stress levels.
  • Work-related stress and frustration can lead to burnout.
  • Often face hectic schedules and an overload of clients.

Working Conditions

If you've ever considered becoming a psychologist, then you've probably wondered a little bit about what the working conditions might be like. As with many other professions, a psychologist's specialty area and individual workplace are the major determinants of the working conditions. Your everyday wear should look a little professional or something you'd wear to a interview if you wanted to work at a high class business. They normally work for about 8 or more hours a day. Traveling isn't a bit concern about being school psychologist. They normal stay at one school for a while.