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Developmental Psychologists study the cognitive, social and physiological development that occurs throughout a lifetime.  Developmental psychology focuses on the interaction between psychological processes and physical development.

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Developmental Psychologists can specialize in behavior during infancy, childhood, adolescence, or in the older adult.  Some Developmental Psychologists study specific developmental disabilities, their effects and treatment.  As a result of an aging population, there is more research studying ways to help elderly people remain as independent as possible.


What are the Responsibilities for Someone Working in Developmental Psychology?

Developmental Psychologists specialize in cognitive, physiological and social development during any stage of human development. They also work with patients with developmental disabilities. Their areas of expertise include age-related behavior and changes, abnormal developmental changes, as well as emotional development. Developmental Psychologists may also specialize in a specific period of human development, such as childhood, adolescence, middle age, or geriatrics.

Developmental Psychologists conduct research to investigate whether behavioral problems are related to genetics or social domains. They focus both on patterns of change and individual variations of patterns. They recognize that there are typical

paths of development common to most people but also individual paths that shape each person. Developmental Psychologists provide developmental intervention via research and apply it in healthcare and human services settings.

Where do Professionals in Developmental Psychology Work?

Developmental Psychologists work in many settings. They work directly with patients and indirectly in research settings. Developmental Psychologists work in areas of child abuse and abuse prevention. They also work as pregnancy educators and resource providers, in child-care settings and adoption agencies, and with early childhood education providers. Developmental Psychologists work at welfare agencies and agencies for missing and exploited children. They work at senior care facilities. They study patients in mental health care and educational settings.   

Developmental Psychologists often remain in academic environments where they conduct research with other mental health professionals. Many work in hospitals where they collaborate with medical professionals. Government agencies employ Developmental Psychologists to provide local communities with assessment and treatment services.


What Skills are Required in Developmental Psychology?

Developmental Psychologists possess active learning, listening and observational skills. They must be socially perceptive, being aware of clients’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do. They should have strong research and teamworking skills. Developmental Psychologists need strong critical thinking skills, using logic and reason to identify areas of strengths and weaknesses, and be able to consider alternative solutions and approaches to problems. They must utilize complex problem solving skills to seek, identify and review new information. They must be active instructors, capable and willing to teach others. Developmental Psychologists need strong knowledge of psychological theory and a solid understanding of human behavior and performance. They should possess management skills with the ability to lead a team and manage data for academic review.  


How Much Money Can You Make in Developmental Psychology?

Developmental Psychologists earn an average annual salary of $79,000 but depending on their education level, area of interest, years of service, and location, that figure can rise significantly to an average of $129,500 per year. A Developmental Psychologist working at a hospital can earn up to $86,500 per year while one working in ambulatory healthcare services can earn $79,500 per year. A career in a government agency can earn $96,500 in annual salary. Developmental Psychologists working in elementary and secondary schools can expect to earn an average annual salary of $75,500. 

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Psychology: Assistant Professor of Developmental Psychology (Open Until Filled; Initial Review 11/16/20) University of California Santa Cruz Santa Cruz, California US 05/08/2021
Psychology: Assistant Professor of Developmental Psychology (Open Until Filled; Initial Review 11/16/20)The Department of Psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for a tenure-track position in Developmental Psychology, with a focus on the role of diversity and inequality in learning ... More
VAP Developmental Psychologist Dickinson College Carlisle, Pennsylvania US 05/24/2021
The Department of Psychology at Dickinson College invites applications for a one-year visiting Assistant Professor in Developmental Psychology beginning Fall 2021 pending funding approval. Area of specialty is open. The successful candidate will teach psychology courses in human development, specifically, introductory courses in developmental psychology and a Seminar in Developmental Psychology (in the candidates area of expertise). The department currently offers two introductory ... More
Clinical Assistant or Associate Professor Indiana University Indiana US 11/14/2020
Position SummaryThe Indiana University Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences invites applications from candidates who are deeply committed to innovative clinical psychological training within an evidence-based, translational, and interdisciplinary model of doctoral training. We are seeking an individual with training and clinical experience in cognitive-behavioral therapy ( CBT ) and other evidence-based intervention techniques and a commitment to intervention development, ... More
Early Intervention Clinician UCP of Western Massachusetts North Adams, Massachusetts 06/17/2021
Overview:As part of the UCP affiliate network, UCP of Western Massachusetts offers a variety of community programs and services for persons with disabilities and other similar service needs, including Assistive Technology, Early Intervention, Individual and Family Support, and Adult Family Care. UCP has two offices in the Berkshires, located in Pittsfield and North Adams. Learn more at ... More
Health Educator Davidson College Davidson, North Carolina US 05/21/2021
Davidson College invites qualified candidates to apply for the Health Educator position in the Center for Student Health & Well-Being. Davidson College embraces diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity for all. Our purpose is to assist students in developing humane instincts and disciplined, creative minds for lives of service. The selected person for the Health Educator position will plan and employ an evidence-based health education program that addresses current health ... More
Instructor Pool - 2021/2022: Psychological Science Oregon State University Corvallis, Oregon US 05/22/2021
Position Details Department Sch of Psychological Sci (CLA) Position Title Instructor Job Title Instructor Pool - 2021/2022: Psychological Science Appointment Type Academic Teaching/Research Faculty Job Location Corvallis Position Appointment Percent Varies Appointment Basis 9 Faculty Status Regular Tenure Status Fixed-Term ... More
Assistant Professor in Psychology The University of North Florida Jacksonville, Florida US 05/19/2021
Position Type Faculty 9-10 Months Class Code Time-limited through N/A Type of Appointment Full-Time, Tenure-Track Faculty Position Sub-Type Regular Length of Appointment 9 months Internal Recruitment? No Working Hours Varies Department Psychology Organization COLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCES Division ... More
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