What is a School Psychologist?

School psychologists are critical members of school teams, providing support for students, teacher, and parents. They have expertise in mental health, behavior, and education. School psychologists help children succeed academically, emotionally, and socially. Most work in TK-12 school systems while others work in hospitals, pediatric clinics, community centers, the criminal justice system, or in private practice. They are leaders, striving to create safe, responsive, and supportive learning environments by providing:

  • Individual and group counseling
  • Assessment for learning differences
  • School-wide crisis support
  • Behavioral and academic consultation
  • Academic intervention
  • Home-school-community collaboration
  • Data collection and analysis
  • School-wide support for safe, positive school climates

It is an exciting time in the field of school psychology with projected growth over the next ten years. U.S. News and World Report ranks School Psychologist as the #2 Social Services Job and the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 14.3% employment growth for school psychologists between 2016 and 2026.

Benefits of being a school psychologist include:

  • Making a difference in the lives of students and families
  • Collaborating with teachers and administrators
  • Expert in a wide breadth of student growth and development
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Long term job security in field of high demand
  • Academic full-time calendar of 9 months
  • Annual median salary of $75,000