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School Psychologist

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Master's degree

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What They Do

School Psychologists Career Video

About This Career

Diagnoses and implements individual or schoolwide interventions or strategies to address educational, behavioral, or developmental issues that adversely impact educational functioning in a school. May address student learning and behavioral problems and counsel students or families. May design and implement performance plans, and evaluate performance. May consult with other school-based personnel.

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

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


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