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School Psychologist

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Doctoral degree

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What They Do

Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists Career Video

Investigates processes of learning and teaching and develops psychological principles and techniques applicable to educational problems.

This career is part of the Human Services cluster Counseling and Mental Health Services pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Compiles and interprets students' test results, along with information from teachers and parents, to diagnose conditions and to help assess eligibility for special services.
  • Selects, administers, and scores psychological tests.
  • Interprets test results and prepares psychological reports for teachers, administrators, and parents.
  • Counsels children and families to help solve conflicts and problems in learning and adjustment.
  • Provides consultation to parents, teachers, administrators, and others on topics such as learning styles and behavior modification techniques.
  • Reports any pertinent information to the proper authorities in cases of child endangerment, neglect, or abuse.
  • Maintains student records, including special education reports, confidential records, records of services provided, and behavioral data.
  • Assesses an individual child's needs, limitations, and potential, using observation, review of school records, and consultation with parents and school personnel.
  • Collects and analyzes data to evaluate the effectiveness of academic programs and other services, such as behavioral management systems.
  • Promotes an understanding of child development and its relationship to learning and behavior.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Bilingual School Psychologist
  • Consulting Psychologist
  • Early Intervention School Psychologist
  • Psychologist
  • School Psychometrist — Administers and scores psychological and neuropsychological tests.
  • Challenging Behavior Consultant
  • Educational Diagnostician
  • Learning Consultant
  • Autism Consultant