School Psychologists
SOC: 19-3031.01


Investigate processes of learning and teaching and develop psychological principles and techniques applicable to educational problems.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
155,300 employed

Projected (2024):
185,900 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Assessment Specialist
  • Associate School Psychologist
  • Behavior Specialist
  • Behavioral Analyst
  • Behavioral Specialist
  • Bilingual School Psychologist
  • Child Psychologist
  • Child Psychometrist
  • Child Study Team Director
  • Consulting Psychologist
  • Early Intervention School Psychologist
  • Educational Diagnostician
  • Guidance Counselor
  • Preliminary School Psychologist
  • Psychologist
  • Psychometrist
  • School Counselor
  • School Psychological Examiner
  • School Psychologist
  • School Psychologist Assistant
  • School Psychology Specialist
  • School Psychometrist
  • School Social Worker

  • Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed


    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.


    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).

    Job 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.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Technology Design
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Fine Arts
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Compile and interpret students' test results, along with information from teachers and parents, to diagnose conditions and to help assess eligibility for special services.
  • Report any pertinent information to the proper authorities in cases of child endangerment, neglect, or abuse.
  • Assess an individual child's needs, limitations, and potential, using observation, review of school records, and consultation with parents and school personnel.
  • Select, administer, and score psychological tests.
  • Provide consultation to parents, teachers, administrators, and others on topics such as learning styles and behavior modification techniques.
  • Promote an understanding of child development and its relationship to learning and behavior.
  • Collaborate with other educational professionals to develop teaching strategies and school programs.
  • Counsel children and families to help solve conflicts and problems in learning and adjustment.
  • Develop individualized educational plans in collaboration with teachers and other staff members.
  • Maintain student records, including special education reports, confidential records, records of services provided, and behavioral data.
  • Serve as a resource to help families and schools deal with crises, such as separation and loss.
  • Attend workshops, seminars, or professional meetings to remain informed of new developments in school psychology.
  • Design classes and programs to meet the needs of special students.
  • Refer students and their families to appropriate community agencies for medical, vocational, or social services.
  • Initiate and direct efforts to foster tolerance, understanding, and appreciation of diversity in school communities.
  • Collect and analyze data to evaluate the effectiveness of academic programs and other services, such as behavioral management systems.
  • Provide educational programs on topics such as classroom management, teaching strategies, or parenting skills.
  • Conduct research to generate new knowledge that can be used to address learning and behavior issues.
  • Interpret test results and prepare psychological reports for teachers, administrators, and parents.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Computer scanners
  • Desktop computers
  • Laptop computers
  • Multi-line telephone systems
  • Overhead projectors
  • Personal computers
  • Personal digital assistants PDA
  • Tablet computers
  • Centris Group IEP Direct
  • Centris Group RTIm Direct
  • Chalkware Education Solutions IEPPro
  • Email software
  • Ewing Solutions QuickWriter
  • Global Education Technologies EXCENT
  • Instructional software
  • MediaNet Solutions e-IEP PRO
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Word
  • Oasys software
  • PowerSchool Group PowerSchool SIS
  • Presentation software
  • Psychsoft !Observe
  • Smart Solutions IEP Anywhere
  • Spectrum K12 School Solutions Encore
  • SpED Forms
  • Spreadsheet software
  • SunGard Pentamation IEPplus
  • Technical Perspectives CLASS IEP Program
  • Test scoring software
  • Testing software
  • Vision Management Consulting IEP PlaNET
  • Web browser software
  • Word processing software
  • Xperts

  • life physical and social science

    industry stats

    SOC: 19-0000

    Total Employed: 1,146,110

    Average Annual Salary: $71,220