How to Get a Job as a School Psychologist
As they approach the end of their graduate programs, aspiring school psychologists embark on their internship. “For a lot of people, their internship turns into a job,” says Kelly Vaillancourt, director of government relations for the National Association of School Psychologists. While school budget cuts in recent years have slowed this trend, Vaillancourt notes that the shortage in school psychologists makes for an appealing job market: “It’s rare when school psychologists are unable to find employment.”
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What is the Job Like?
“There really is not a typical day, which makes it exciting,” Vaillancourt explains of the day-to-day routine associated with the occupation. Consultations with parents, teachers and administrators, as well as assessments of the educational and emotional needs of children, are routine occurrences. “Consultation and assessment is a pretty big bulk of your day,” says Vaillancourt, who previously worked as a school psychologist at the elementary, middle and high school levels. One-on-one counseling is another component of the job, and school psychologists can become a positive adult influence on students’ lives. Depending on the socioeconomic status of the surrounding district, duties can extend to working with local churches and charities to provide disadvantaged children with essentials such as clothing and food. After a period of time, some in the field move on to supervisory roles at the county level, become behavioral support coordinators, establish a private practice or do consulting work.
Last updated by Kimberly Palmer.