The opportunity to earn a degree in child psychology and seek employment is available in the State of Mississippi. There are over twenty accredited colleges, community colleges and universities. Some of the popular universities known for its psychology programs include Alcorn State, Coahoma Community, Hinds Community, Belhaven, Mississippi State and the University of Mississippi. The types of degree that are attainable are Associates, Bachelors, Masters, Doctorate and a Certificate. Some of the core courses in child psychology programs consist of the following: History of Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, General Psychology, Social Psychology, Psychological Statistics and other required basic and psychology related subjects.
The study of child psychology is a specialty of psychology that primarily focuses on children’s emotions and behavioral patterns during various developmental stages. A child psychologist focuses on children’s environment, parents and education. They work with children in hospitals, clinics, schools and the court system.
In the state of Mississippi the job opportunities are few in the field of child psychology. The employment rate is low as well as the pay; especially in southern Mississippi cities and towns. To earn a decent pay in the state, a graduate must have his or her doctorate degree and license. Jobs in northern cities of Mississippi and the coast are available but limited. Cities such as, Oxford, Tupelo, Biloxi, Meridian and Flowood have jobs offered to Associate, Bachelor, Master and Doctorate graduates. Positions are offered for the following; Licensed Psychologist, Clinical Psychologists, Mental Health Specialists and Therapists in the field.
Compared to other U.S. states the salary for child psychologists in Mississippi is low. Even though the salaries are low in comparison to other states, the cost of living is extremely low. According to BLS a child psychologist earns on average $30,000 up to $45,000 as a yearly salary. A doctorate graduate can earn up to $100,000 annually. Larger Mississippi cities, universities, hospitals and clinics offer higher salaries and wages for child psychology positions.