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School Psychologists

Investigate processes of learning and teaching and develop psychological principles and techniques applicable to educational problems.   (O'Net 19-3031.01)

 
Reported job titles:   Assessment Specialist, Associate School Psychologist, Behavior Specialist, Behavioral Analyst, Behavioral Specialist, Bilingual School Psychologist   (view all job titles)
 
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    Wages
    for Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists which includes:
                          - School Psychologists
                          - Clinical Psychologists
                          - Counseling Psychologists
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2016
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 19.09   $ 23.17   $ 30.16   $ 37.75   $ 47.20   $ 32.92  
    Yearly $39,700   $48,180   $62,730   $78,530   $98,180   $68,470  
     
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 14.41   $ 25.42   $ 37.57   $ 47.66   $ 87.71   $ 42.35  
    Yearly $29,970   $52,870   $78,150   $99,140   $182,440   $88,090  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 18.52   $ 21.58   $ 27.05   $ 34.54   $ 42.34   $ 29.67  
    Yearly $38,510   $44,880   $56,260   $71,850   $88,060   $61,710  
     
     Northern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 24.06   $ 27.42   $ 31.91   $ 37.66   $ 42.68   $ 32.36  
    Yearly $50,040   $57,030   $66,380   $78,330   $88,780   $67,320  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2017.
     


    Employment Trends
    for Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists which includes:
                                  - School Psychologists
                                  - Clinical Psychologists
                                  - Counseling Psychologists
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2014 2024
    Vermont 923 1,136 2.1% 41
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2016.
     


    Industries of Employment
    for Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists which includes:
                                - School Psychologists
                                - Clinical Psychologists
                                - Counseling Psychologists
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Educational services; state, local, and private 32.3%
    Self-employed workers, all industries 30.6%
    Ambulatory healthcare services 15.5%
    Hospitals; state, local, and private 6.0%
    Social assistance 5.5%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
    for School Psychologists
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  • Compile and interpret students' test results, along with information from teachers and parents, to diagnose conditions, and to help assess eligibility for special services.
     
  • Select, administer, and score psychological tests.
     
  • Interpret test results and prepare psychological reports for teachers, administrators, and parents.
     
  • Counsel children and families to help solve conflicts and problems in learning and adjustment.
     
  • Provide consultation to parents, teachers, administrators, and others on topics such as learning styles and behavior modification techniques.
     
  • Report any pertinent information to the proper authorities in cases of child endangerment, neglect, or abuse.
     
  • Maintain student records, including special education reports, confidential records, records of services provided, and behavioral data.
     
  • Assess an individual child's needs, limitations, and potential, using observation, review of school records, and consultation with parents and school personnel.
     
  • Collect and analyze data to evaluate the effectiveness of academic programs and other services, such as behavioral management systems.
     
  • Promote an understanding of child development and its relationship to learning and behavior.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: School Psychologists  updated June 2010
     


    Knowledge
    for School Psychologists
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  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
     
  • Sociology and Anthropology - Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
     
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
     
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: School Psychologists  updated June 2010
     


    Skills
    for School Psychologists
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  • 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.
     
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
     
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
     
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: School Psychologists  updated June 2010
     


    Abilities
    for School Psychologists
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  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
     
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
     
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
     
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
     
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
     
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
     
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
     
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
     
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
     
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: School Psychologists  updated June 2010
     


    Work Activities
    for School Psychologists
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  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
     
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships - Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
     
  • Documenting/Recording Information - Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
     
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others - Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
     
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
     
  • Analyzing Data or Information - Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
     
  • Provide Consultation and Advice to Others - Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.
     
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others - Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
     
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards - Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: School Psychologists  updated June 2010
     


    Interests
    for School Psychologists
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  • Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
     
  • Social - Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: School Psychologists  updated June 2008
     


    Work Styles
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  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
     
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
     
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
     
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
     
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
     
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
     
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
     
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
     
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
     
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: School Psychologists  updated June 2010
     


    State of Vermont License Information
    that may be required for School Psychologists
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    License Name Licensing Agency
    Psychologist, Doctorate Vermont Secretary of State
    Office of Professional Regulation
    Board of Psychological Examiners
    Psychologist, Master Vermont Secretary of State
    Office of Professional Regulation
    Board of Psychological Examiners
     
    source: Vermont Department of Labor, Licensed & Certified Occupations in Vermont, 2015.
     


    Education and Training Requirements
    for School Psychologists
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  • Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed
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  • Education: Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).
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  • Training: Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.
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  • Experience: 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.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: School Psychologists  updated June 2010
     


    Schools
    offering instructional programs related to School Psychologists
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      Related Instructional Programs
     
    • Applied Behavior Analysis. (NEW)
     
    • Clinical Child Psychology.
     
    • Developmental and Child Psychology.
     
    • Psychology, General.
     
    • School Psychology.
     
     Search for schools offering these programs at
     
     
     
    source: National Center for Education Statistics 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs .
     


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    source: Occupational Information Network: School Psychologists 
     

     
     
     
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