How to Become a School Psychologist

by Shenron on September 17, 2009

Most of the time psychologists are thought of as those strange people you go to when you’re having a mental breakdown. You sit on their chair and they listen to your problems while jotting down notes on a little pad eventually telling you that you have some deep rooted problem. And while those types of psychologists are helpful for those of us living in the big world, there are a lot of children that suffer from mental anxiety and learning disorders. A lot of the time these problems go unchecked because parents are often too busy to worry about what problems their children are having or they just think it’s “part of growing up.” School psychologists are a special breed and go beyond the call of duty to make sure kids are learning at the right speed and level and that their problems don’t go unchecked. But, it’s a long and windy road to become a school psychologist. Let’s take a look at how it’s done.

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1. Decide that it’s right for you. Becoming a psychologist is a very big decision. And I don’t want to make it seem as though picking a career in psychology is something to avoid, it’s not. But, if you like hard sciences in which experiments and statistical information are the norm, psychology may not be for you. It’s often a very appealing field to students because of the endless possibilities in learning about the way people think and how they can overcome problems simply using the power of their own mind. But, depending on the way you view the world, you may or may not be interested in a field of study that doesn’t use statistical evidence as the end of the road, but rather the basis for inferences and conclusions.

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2. Phew, now that you’ve decided it’s definitely for you, where do you begin? Well the best place to start is university. Because psychology is such a competitive field, to stand any type of chance in the real world with getting a job, you’re probably going to want to aim for your doctorate in psychology. This means that you’ll probably be spending anywhere between eight and ten years of your life in school studying. You could in theory stop with just a very basic bachelor’s degree but a lot of the time the university education supplied up to a bachelor’s degree is not enough to be of use in the real world.

3. Once you have your degree you will probably want to start shadowing other school psychologists in a work setting. Internships are a great way to gain experience and potential job offers. The average starting pay for school psychologists is around $60,000. This can be much more or much less depending on your education and skill level. Also, one of the big benefits to becoming a school psychologist is that you usually follow a school’s break schedule, meaning you get three months off in the summer. It’s a very rewarding career and helping kids in need is always the best part of the job.

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