It changes every single day. A big part of my job is the assessment of students. Students who have special needs have to have a full psychological evaluation before they are eligible for special education classes. I administer those tests and determine whether they need to be tested again. I also do a lot of consultations with teachers and parents to ensure that we are meeting all the needs of the students.
Salary Median (2020)
Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)
+3.1% (slower than the average)
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What School Psychologists Do
Investigate processes of learning and teaching and develop psychological principles and techniques applicable to educational problems.
Other Job Titles School Psychologists May Have
Autism Consultant, Bilingual School Psychologist, Challenging Behavior Consultant, Consulting Psychologist, Early Intervention School Psychologist, Educational Diagnostician, Learning Consultant, Psychologist, School Psychologist, School Psychometrist
How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work
School Based Mental Health Provider (LCSW) ,
Intervention Services, a program of Jervey & Associates Psychotherapy
I spend the majority of my day working with kids, either individually or in small groups, providing counseling. I also spend time consulting with and supporting staff and collaborating with parents. I connect families with resources when feasible and sometimes work with our contracted Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in caring for kids. I'm lucky because my job has relatively little paperwork, but there are still basic ethical and legal requirements of documentation that are necessary.
Tasks & Responsibilities May Include
- Compile and interpret students' test results, along with information from teachers and parents, to diagnose conditions and to help assess eligibility for special services.
- Maintain student records, including special education reports, confidential records, records of services provided, and behavioral data.
- Report any pertinent information to the proper authorities in cases of child endangerment, neglect, or abuse.
- Select, administer, and score psychological tests.
- Interpret test results and prepare psychological reports for teachers, administrators, and parents.
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