School Psychologists

Human Services > Counseling & Mental Health Services

Projected Growth: Much faster than average

14600+
Projected Job Openings

Extensive Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Investigate processes of learning and teaching and develop psychological principles and techniques applicable to educational problems.

Common job titles of School Psychologists include:
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Experience and Education

Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.

  • 53.03% said they needed a Post-Master's Certificate.

  • 46.42% said they needed a Master's Degree.

Tasks

    Maintain student records, including special education reports, confidential records, records of services provided, and behavioral data.

    Collect and analyze data to evaluate the effectiveness of academic programs and other services, such as behavioral management systems.

    Select, administer, and score psychological tests.

    Counsel children and families to help solve conflicts and problems in learning and adjustment.

    Interpret test results and prepare psychological reports for teachers, administrators, and parents.

    Develop individualized educational plans in collaboration with teachers and other staff members.

    Promote an understanding of child development and its relationship to learning and behavior.

    Assess an individual child's needs, limitations, and potential, using observation, review of school records, and consultation with parents and school personnel.

    Compile and interpret students' test results, along with information from teachers and parents, to diagnose conditions and to help assess eligibility for special services.

    Initiate and direct efforts to foster tolerance, understanding, and appreciation of diversity in school communities.

    Refer students and their families to appropriate community agencies for medical, vocational, or social services.

    Collaborate with other educational professionals to develop teaching strategies and school programs.

    Provide consultation to parents, teachers, administrators, and others on topics such as learning styles and behavior modification techniques.

    Provide educational programs on topics such as classroom management, teaching strategies, or parenting skills.

    Design classes and programs to meet the needs of special students.

    Attend workshops, seminars, or professional meetings to remain informed of new developments in school psychology.

    Serve as a resource to help families and schools deal with crises, such as separation and loss.

    Conduct research to generate new knowledge that can be used to address learning and behavior issues.

    Report any pertinent information to the proper authorities in cases of child endangerment, neglect, or abuse.

Tools

Tablet computers

Personal digital assistants PDA

Personal computers

Overhead projectors

Multi-line telephone systems

Laptop computers

Desktop computers

All Tools

Computer scanners

Technologies

Centris Group IEP Direct

Centris Group RTIm Direct

Chalkware Education Solutions IEPPro

Email software

Ewing Solutions QuickWriter

Global Education Technologies EXCENT

Instructional software

All Technologies

MediaNet Solutions e-IEP PRO

Oasys

PowerSchool Group PowerSchool SIS

Presentation software

Psychsoft !Observe

Smart Solutions IEP Anywhere

Spectrum K12 School Solutions Encore

SpED Forms

Spreadsheet software

SunGard Pentamation IEPplus

Technical Perspectives CLASS IEP Program

Test scoring software

Testing software

Vision Management Consulting IEP PlaNET

Xperts iep.online

Skills

Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Speaking

Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Writing

Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Monitoring

Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Coordination

Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Learning Strategies

Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

Persuasion

Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

Negotiation

Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Instructing

Teaching others how to do something.

Systems Analysis

Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

Systems Evaluation

Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.

Abilities

Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension

Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning

Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression

Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity

Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Inductive Reasoning

Speak clearly so others can understand you.

Auditory and Speech Abilities › Sensory Abilities › Speech Clarity

Identify and understand the speech of another person.

Auditory and Speech Abilities › Sensory Abilities › Speech Recognition

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Occupation Sections

Knowledge

Psychology

Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

Therapy and Counseling

Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.

Education and Training

Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Sociology and Anthropology

Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

Clerical

Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

Mathematics

Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Law and Government

Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

Computers and Electronics

Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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