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Old 08-13-2011, 10:17 AM
 
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Hi everyone,

I will be moving from New York to Maine with my family. I am a specialist-level School Psychologist (I understand that in Maine this credential is called School Psychological Services Provider). We plan to live at the coast, or nearby. We would also like to be near a larger urban area, such as Portland. I am willing to commute up to an hour to a job.

Does anyone know what is the job market for school psychologists in Maine? I am interested in school jobs, not private practice. I heard that there is a need in rural areas, but my job search came up with only a couple of positions. I want to move with all my heart (we are all absolutely in love with Maine), but I am reluctant to move from one area with dismal job prospects to another that is just the same job-wise. Any comments or suggestions will be appreciated.

Thank you!
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Old 08-13-2011, 11:08 AM
 
Location: Maine
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I comb the want ads almost daily for a 30-mile perimeter around Portland. I really don't see ads for this position much. Here is a good resource: ServingSchools.com
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Old 08-13-2011, 04:13 PM
 
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lawmom, thank you for the link. Only a couple of school psychology-related positions are listed for the entire Maine. It seems that things are tough everywhere. I wonder if some rural vacancies are unadvertised...
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Old 08-13-2011, 05:28 PM
 
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lawmom, thank you for the link. Only a couple of school psychology-related positions are listed for the entire Maine. It seems that things are tough everywhere. I wonder if some rural vacancies are unadvertised...
That is really the issue in Maine. Very few school systems have the resources to hire them. Perhaps this work is contracted out when needed?
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Old 08-15-2011, 04:21 AM
 
Location: Northern Maine
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Bingo, bangorme. I expect that the only districts having full time scholarships are Portland or the very wealthy towns like Cape Elizabeth. Rural districts contract with private practitioners. One psychologist may cover a huge area, but they are paid very well.
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Old 08-15-2011, 09:50 AM
 
Location: Eastport, Maine
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With school budget cuts, and consolidation, I would say the market is dim. The schools farm out as much as possible to the state, which in most instances already has some contact with the children with issues. It is a sad thing, but that is the way it is. For some reason, there are openings for speech pathologists. I saw several openings in the Washington county (downeast) Maine area. With the size of the districts in this area, any position, either psychologist or pathologist, it would require lots of travel with long days.

School positions of any kind are very hard to come by, but keep looking, something might open up. I can tell you that you are more likely to be hired once you move here, rather than living somewhere else and applying. Just my opinion, I am sure others have differing ones. I had no job opportunities until I moved, and when I relocated, they seemed to fall in my lap.
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Old 08-15-2011, 07:20 PM
 
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Not a school but maybe a lead for you.
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Old 08-16-2011, 07:59 AM
 
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I'm going to go on a limb and say about the same as a school social worker - not good. It will probably help that you are considering Portland. I always look at the state job board and Maine Association of Nonprofits (they have all kinds of positions that serve such as psychologists, librarians, social workers, etc). I have noticed they have quite a few postings, especially around Portland,but you might have to consider shifting your concentration (if you can).
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Old 08-17-2011, 08:19 AM
 
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Thank you everyone for the replies. I am slowly getting more info and putting the pieces together. It seems that it will be more difficult than I thought, but as maine4.us said, I might have better chances once we move.
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Old 08-17-2011, 09:15 AM
 
Location: Central Maine
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Thank you everyone for the replies. I am slowly getting more info and putting the pieces together. It seems that it will be more difficult than I thought, but as maine4.us said, I might have better chances once we move.
Just out of curiosity, what part of NY are you moving from? Having just moved back from the D.C. area, I can tell you that an hour commute in the Portland area is much different than one in NYC. Different in some good and bad ways BTW.
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