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School Psychologists
District Of Columbia

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

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Currently Employed: 500

Projected Annual Job Openings: 20

Typical Hourly Wage: $28.09 - $47.57

Typical Annual Salary: $58,400 - $98,900

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Typical education needed for entry: Doctoral or professional degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: Internship/residency

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typical job duties

  • 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.
  • Provide consultation to parents, teachers, administrators, and others on topics such as learning styles and behavior modification techniques.
  • Counsel children and families to help solve conflicts and problems in learning and adjustment.
  • 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.
  • 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.

tools & technology


Tools:
  • Desktop computers
  • Notebook computers
  • Personal computers
  • Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers
  • Special purpose telephones

Technology:
  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Office suite software
  • Presentation software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Word processing software

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