This study focused on the level of job satisfaction reported by Utah school psychologists and their reasons for staying in their profession. An existing survey was modified and distributed to 119 of the 238 licensed school psychologists in Utah to obtain information on this topic. Sixty-nine school psychologists completed and returned the questionnaire (58% return rate). Based on their feedback, the top five reasons Utah school psychologists stay in their profession were (a) feeling the success and joy of helping students, (b) counseling with students, (c) working one-on-one with students, (d) taking vacation time during summers and holidays, and (e) working with other professionals and students in the school setting. Overall, Utah school psychologists are satisfied with their job. Participants were least satisfied with their salary and perceived an increase in salary as a critical strategy in retaining school psychologists.
College and Department
David O. McKay School of Education; Counseling Psychology and Special Education
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Dickison, Lisa A., "Utah school psychologists: Self-reported reasons for retention and job satisfaction" (2007). Theses and Dissertations. 912.
school psychologists, shortage, retention, job satisfaction, survey