#45 In 100 Best Jobs – School Psychologist
School Psychologist Job Description
People who have a passion for psychology and for the healthy development of children will find that their interests intersect in the field of school psychology.
Now-days kids have busier lives and schedule than ever. Some of the students face additional stresses at home, with friends or in their studies.
Your (school psychologist) main mission: to help students navigate the tumultuous school years with confidence and success.
What do school psychologists do?
- Work with school-aged children and young adults.
- Listen to concerns about academic, emotional or social problems.
- Help students process their problems and plan goals and action.
- Promote positive behaviors.
- Meet with parents and teachers to discuss learning, behavioral, familiar and social problems.
- Evaluate and advise school disciplinary practices for troubled students.
- Participate in special education by administering psychological tests.
Most of the states require that school psychology professionals be certified or licensed in order to practice.
National Association of School Psychologists provides school certification, which consists of completion of the master’s program (60 semester hours), a supervised 1200-hour internship, and passing the national school psychology examination.
Licensing and certification guidelines for psychologists vary by state; be sure to check the guidelines for the region in which you plan to study.
How much does a school psychologist make?
School psychologists made a median salary of $75k in 2018. The best-paid 25% made $100k that year, while the lowest-paid made $56k.
Best-paying cities for school psychologists
Salinas, San Jose, San Francisco, Santa Maria, and Vallejo are the places where school psychologists are paid the most.
Best-paying states for school psychologists
The states and districts that pay school psychologists the highest salary are New Jersey ($97k), Alaska ($96k), Hawaii ($95k), California ($94k) and Oregon ($93K).