People with a Master of Science in Child Psychology typically work as psychological assistants with supervision by doctoral-level psychologists. Much of their time is spent conducting research. Master’s degree holders can also work as industrial-organizational psychologists. In order to work as a child psychologist, a doctorate degree is typically required. A master’s degree is a stepping stone to enrolling in a doctoral program. Job settings typically include private practices, hospitals, doctors offices, and elementary schools.
To become a child psychologist, requirements vary significantly by state. Successful students typically complete the following steps:
Professionals in the field may also want to consider becoming a member of the Society of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, which offers student benefits, access to conventions and journals, and aids in continuing education.
A child psychologist is typically responsible for the following job duties:
Master’s degree holders in fields other than organizational psychology will experience competition for jobs due to the limited number of positions that require only a master’s degree. Job prospects are better for people who have a doctoral degree. For more information on your earning potential, please visit our salary outlook for counselors page.
The following degrees are closely related to a master’s degree program in child psychology, often allowing you to pursue a career in this field or others:
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