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School Psychologists

Also called: School Psychologist, Psychologist, Consulting Psychologist, Early Intervention School Psychologist

What they do:
Investigate processes of learning and teaching and develop psychological principles and techniques applicable to educational problems.
On the job, you would:
  • Compile and interpret students' test results, along with information from teachers and parents, to diagnose conditions, and to help assess eligibility for special services.
  • Select, administer, and score psychological tests.
  • Interpret test results and prepare psychological reports for teachers, administrators, and parents.

Knowledge

Math and Science
  • psychology
  • sociology and anthropology
Health
  • therapy and counseling
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • reading work related information
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
Social
  • understanding people's reactions
  • bringing people together to solve differences

Abilities

Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems
Attention
  • pay attention to something without being distracted
  • do two or more things at the same time

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Concern for Others
  • Integrity
  • Cooperation
  • Dependability
  • Self Control
  • Attention to Detail

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software
  • Global Education Technologies EXCENT
  • Vision Management Consulting IEP PlaNET
Word processing software
  • Ewing Solutions QuickWriter
Spreadsheet software

Education

Education: (rated 5 of 5)
master's degree or
doctoral/professional degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$67,650
per year, on average
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