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Career Opportunities

School Psychology (MA/CAGS) Program

Career Opportunities

The MSPP School Psychology Program prepares graduates to work as school psychologists.  School psychology is a challenging and rewarding profession for which there has been and—it is projected, will be—high demand.  The number of school psychologists in the U.S. has increased steadily over the past 30 years.  Program graduates will be fully qualified for certification or licensure as school psychologists in Massachusetts and in other states.  After working as a school psychologist for two years and meeting other requirements, graduates can apply for Massachusetts licensure as an educational psychologist and practice privately. (Credentialing requirements for private practice vary from state to state.)

Additional information about the field of school psychology and training options is available on the NASP website, at: www.nasponline.org


U.S. News & World Report identifies School Psychology as one of the six best careers.

In March 2007, U.S. News and World Report recognized school psychology as one of its six “best careers” on the basis of long-term demand, earnings potential, and opportunity for meaningful work and quality of life.

“School psychology is always changing. That’s what makes this field so challenging and rewarding – there is always room to grow. To keep up with this fast-paced field means that school psychologists have to seek out the best possible pre-service and in-service training they can find. Lifelong learning is a necessity in this profession. For me, it has also been one of its pleasures.”

—Dr. John Desrochers, Ph.D.
2007 School Psychologist of the Year
National Association of School Psychologists

Dr. Desrochers, who was quoted at length in the U.S. News and World Report article, was a co-instructor for the MSPP professional development institute, “Meeting the Challenge of Scientific, Research-Based Intervention.” He recently participated in a panel convened by the House and Senate Education Committees. Dr. Desrochers told congressional staff about how behavioral and mental health issues impose barriers upon learning. “Behavioral and mental health issues are the 600-pound gorilla in the middle of our classrooms. They exert tremendous influence on our teachers’ ability to teach and our students’ ability to learn, yet our laws pay relatively little attention to them.”

Advantages of a Graduate School Education at MSPP

94% of graduates recieve a job within 6 months of graduation

Job Outlook: Percent (%) Change in Employment for 2010-2020 BLS
Marriage and Family Therapist Up 41%
Mental Health Counselor Up 36%
Clinical, Counseling & School Psychologists Up 22%

 

US News & World Report Best Social Service Jobs Best Jobs US News
School Psychologist No. 1 No. 14
Marriage and Family Therapist No. 6 No. 33
Mental Health Counselor No. 18 No. 67

 

Median Salaries* Data from 2009 APA Salary Survey and US News & World Report

APA
US News
Clinical Psychologist $87,015
School Psychologist $67,880
Mental Health Counselor $47,000
Marriage and Family Therapist $46,240
* Licensed mental health professionals have the opportunity for additional income through private practice.

 

The MSPP Difference: Percent (%) of Graduates to obtain a job within 6 months of graduation

MSPP
MA, Counseling Psychology 100%
MA/CAGS, School Psychology 100%
MA, Forensic and Counseling Psychology 100%
MA, Organizational Psychology 88%
PsyD, Clinical Psychology 87%

Updated 10/1/07

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