Development psychologists have a difficult job in life, but that doesn’t mean they can’t find a way to get paid well.
But how do you get there?
In the first week of February, CBC News sat down with four psychologists who are part of the development psychology workforce.
They are:Krista Schubert, clinical psychologist and director of the Toronto Centre for the Development and Psychology of Gender and Sexuality, has been working in Toronto since 2007.
She says the process of finding work is not easy.
“I think a lot of times when people look for work, it’s because they need a job,” says Schuber.
“But I think that it’s also because they’re not being hired.”
She says people who are seeking work often have low-paying jobs and need to find work that pays well.
“You don’t necessarily want to be looking for a job that’s going to pay the bills, but it’s a good starting point for someone who wants to work for the right pay.”
Krista says that the typical development psychologist salary is $60,000 a year.
She works in a team environment, but she has a different type of job: “I can get paid a little bit more than that.”
And, she says, that’s the hardest part.
“When you’re a young person, it seems like everyone wants you to be a scientist, but in reality, that really isn’t true,” says Krista.
“It’s a very, very difficult job.”
For example, she has worked on projects that involved identifying and training transgender people.
“We’ve been doing this for several years, but there’s been no progress,” says Ms. Schubach.
“We’ve found, to be honest, that we’re not getting the training.
So we’re really struggling.
It’s not that we don’t know, it just isn’t working.
We just haven’t been doing the work.”
Kristah says that when she first started, she didn’t think her job was challenging enough.
But now, after seeing how her colleagues are doing, she’s really enjoying it.
“I think that the work we’re doing here is a really, really good example of what the field is all about,” she says.
“You have to do a lot to make it as successful as you think it is.”
A few years ago, Krista was working in a school setting.
Now she works at the school where she has children.
She says she’s grateful to be in a position where she’s able to provide a service to her students and community.
“If I could give someone a job, I’d have a job for life.”
Kristas’ new job is part of a partnership between the Toronto Community Development Agency (TCDA) and the Toronto Regional School Board.
“TCDA has been a very important partner for me in my career and it’s important to me that we continue to be able to support our staff to do their job,” she explains.
Krista was originally from South Carolina, where she was a student in the University of South Carolina’s College of Arts and Sciences.
She then moved to Canada to attend university in Montreal.
She returned to Toronto in 2015 and works in an office in a residential facility for children.
“It’s been a great experience and a great opportunity,” she adds.
“So it’s nice to be here.”