Finding the right career involves carefully considering your needs, interests and personality traits. Since psychology is such a broad and varied subject, there are literally hundreds of different career options that can vary considerably in terms of working conditions, job demands, salary and other characteristics. One career choice that you might want to consider is the rapidly expanding field of school psychology.
School psychologists work with kids to identify and overcome emotional, social and academic problems. In addition to working directly with children, school psychologists usually work alongside parents and teachers to foster a healthy learning atmosphere centered on fulfilling the needs of students.
School psychology is a fairly young field. In 1968, the National Association of School Psychology (NASP) was established and the field was formally recognized as a doctoral specialty by the American Psychological Association (APA). By the year 2002, the profession had grown so much that it was named as one of the "hottest professions" by many list makers. The U.S. Department of Labor suggests that since a large number of current school psychologists are nearing retirement, there will be an increased demand for trained professionals in the coming years.
A few of the duties that a school psychologist might perform on a regular basis include:
- Helping students with behavioral problems
- Evaluating students experiencing academic difficulties
- Developing academic or behavioral plans for students
- Aiding students with crisis situations
Learn more about what it takes to become a school psychologist.Photo courtesy Heriberto Herrera