What They Do
Child psychologists must have a doctoral degree in Child Psychology, Counseling or a related psychological field. To treat patients typically requires a 1-year supervised internship. Licensure and certification vary by state. To earn a Ph.D. involves research and analysis skills and the completion of a dissertation and usually takes from 5 to 7 years, depending on the school's program requirements.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the demand for psychological services in hospitals, schools and mental health facilities is expected to expand by 15 percent between 2006 and 2016. Median annual earnings of wage and salary clinical, counseling, and school psychologists in May 2006 were $59,440. The middle 50 percent earned between $45,300 and $77,750. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $35,280, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $102,730.
Increased demand from government, social service agencies and schools and an emphasis on prevention of emotional disorders, substance abuse and family problems will drive growth in this field.