Massachusetts is famous worldwide for its prestigious universities, and the state is also known for its high technology, financial services, tourism and its innovations in health care. Massachusetts ranks fourteenth in over-all population and third in population density among states.
Child psychology is the study of the development of people from the time they’re born until they reach adulthood. Child psychologists are experts in the cognitive, sexual, emotional and social aspects of personality in young people. They are able to assess how these processes differ from those of adults, how these processes develop in the life of a child, and how and why they differ from one child to the next.
Educational Requirements for Child Psychologists
Becoming a child psychologist requires anywhere from six to nine years of education after high school. The first step in the process is to get a bachelor’s degree. Though this degree is normally in psychology, this isn’t normally a requirement. Other recommended courses of study include human development, juvenile issues and statistics. Because graduate school admissions are competitive, scoring well on a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) can significantly boost a candidate’s chances. It also helps to have research or volunteer experience in psychology.
Places of Work
Because of the growing demand for licensed child psychologists, they rarely have trouble finding work in a school, child welfare office, hospital, orphanage or mental health institution. Some specialists choose instead to open their own practice, allowing more time to focus on individual patients.
Having to deal with young people’s problems on a regular basis can prove stressful and challenging, but a child psychologist can find great satisfaction in making a big difference in a child’s life by relieving a child’s stress and anxiety, while also promoting positive coping skills.
According to statistics in the U.S. Bureau of Labor website, the median salary for counseling, school and clinical psychologists in Massachusetts is (as of May 2012) $78,440 which ranks as one of the top five rates in the country.