Would you believe that School Psychology was listed as one of the best jobs in 2010? According to US News and World Report it is. Well imagine that. I read the article (posted in regular text) and added the real world truth below in red. It's information that I would have found helpful before I entered this career several years ago so I hope that this helps some future school psychologist somewhere out there. Plus, my mom should probably read and learn about what I actually do for a living. :)
The line between educational success and failure is thick: High school dropouts earn just a fraction of what students with bachelor's and advanced degrees earn. As thick as the divide is, its causes are complicated. As a school psychologist, it's your job to find the physical, psychological, social or emotional issues that prevent students' success and craft a systemic solution that generally involves the student and the student's family, caregivers, and teachers. Although you may be working with limited resources and overstretched teachers, it's your job, for example, to ensure that a student who has just lost a to cancer can get the support he or she needs, or that a student's drug addiction isn't ignored. Programs and solutions are monitored and reworked with the help and input of parents and teachers.
The Labor Department projects that the number of jobs held by clinical, counseling, and school psychologists will jump 11 percent between 2008 and 2018, creating 16,800 more positions. The growth is expected to be particularly strong in schools (as well as in hospitals and mental-among others) thanks to increased efforts to provide mental-health services to students.
Average. You might be observing a class or meeting with a student, but your days won't call for much (physical) heavy lifting.
Education and preparation:
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