When a child is born he/she is free of any exposure to the world’s cultural norms. However, the child can communicate their like or dislike of any situation. With time the child gains exposure to the world around and develop the ability to function in a given environment.
This ability of humans to adapt and adjust according to circumstances to their respective environment over a life time is understood by the science of developmental psychology. It is the comprehension of human evolution at individual level with respect to changes in the environment and during certain stages of an individual’s life. The development of a persons’ moral and conceptual understanding along with their method to communicate are also analyzed in this study. It attempts to investigate the process by which an individual develops a sense of self identity in social, cultural and economic stratification.
In the year 2011, there were 280 employed psychologists in Utah and they earned an annual mean income of $61,570 (BLS). Developmental psychologists could be employed in the field of geriatrics or pediatrics as well as in the educational sector like schools and colleges where they could assist individuals with development disabilities.
There are plenty of development psychology schools in Utah where one could learn about this fascinating field. In a bachelor’s program one studies the biological, social and sexual development that affects an individual through various stages of life. In a master’s degree in this field of psychology one learns various manners in which human abilities develop such as language, memory and cognition. Preferably one must earn a doctorate degree in this field if they intend to have good employment opportunities. One must be able to design methods of evaluating developmental process of an individual in terms of spatial thinking abilities.
Further reading: Psychologist licensure & education requirements in Utah.