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I would like to work with children, would being a PA or psychologist allow me to work with kids?

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Thank you comment icon I think it would hope you find the right job Ms. Driscoll Justyn
Thank you comment icon Yes because being a PA you can switch your fields and most likely can do peds! Allie
Thank you comment icon im pretty sure you would have to work with people, so yes ! jelissa

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Hwal’s Answer

Shannon,


Working worth children is certainly possible with either career choice, through specialty training (child psychology, for example) as a psychologist or by working in pediatrics or child/youth psychiatry as a PA. The two careers are quite different in the day-to-day roles, so it might be helpful for you to think about which you would enjoy more.


Good luck!


Hwal

Hwal recommends the following next steps:

Think about what made you choose PA and psychologist as potential career options
Think about what you would enjoy most in your career, or what you want out of it, then think back to which career choice(s) would offer that enjoyment
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Linda Ann’s Answer

The educational path to becoming a PA is shorter than that for a psychologist. Yes, working with children is possible- in a pediatrician’s office or a hospital that specializes in children’s diseases.


Becoming a licensed psychologist will generally take 9 years of education, plus a year or two of supervision in order to become licensed as as child, clinical psychologist.

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Misty’s Answer

While both of these would in fact allow you to work with children, I would suggest figuring out which side of the spectrum you wanted to work on. While both of these work with children, one is more on a behavioral science level while the other is more of a medical science level. Would you rather work with children who have been through trauma and have behavioral issues or would you rather be the one giving the medicines to make them betteer. Once you decide on the realm of that you want to go with, then you will be better equipped to know what schooling you would need and the length of education needed for each.



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