The medical field has been and will continue to see faster than average job growth. Psychologists, including specialized ones like child psychologists, will see a rise in demand for their services through 2020. This is according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The best chance for finding employment in this field is to have a doctoral degree. A doctoral degree is also necessary to have in most states to take an exam to become licensed. The median wage earned by psychologists nationwide is $68,000 says the BLS. This pay can vary depending on your location and what you specialize in. Overall, the profession has a good outlook for the future.
If you are interested in pursuing in the field of child psychology, you will need to go through many steps to get there. The first is to attend a school and earn your bachelors degree, then you need to earn your masters degree and finally, your doctoral degree. If you live in Indiana, some choices of schools are:
- Manchester University – offers a bachelor program in psychology where students take classes such as Social Psychology, Behavior Disorders and Counseling Theory and Practice. They also offer classes in Child and Adolescent Psychology for students who wish to explore an option of working with children. When a student completes this program they will be ready to go on and pursue a higher degree.
- Indiana State University – offers a master of art or science in general psychology. The course requires 32 credits with classes such as Advanced Statistics, History and Systems of Psychology and culminates in writing a master thesis.
- University of Indianapolis – offers a doctoral program with an option to concentrate in child and adolescent psychology. During the third year of study students will complete internships in settings such as schools and child services sites.
After completing these steps you will be prepared to take the state test for a license to practice psychology in Indiana.