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What is it like to be a Psychologist?

Psychologists study human behaviour, the factors that may influence human behaviour and use scientifically established processes to help investigate a range of personal and social issues.

Psychologists are in demand in a wide range of workplaces. Many students end up working in roles that do not have the title of psychologists. These include welfare officers, youth workers, support workers and employment officers in areas such as child safety and corrective services. Psychologists also work in various sectors including education, Defence, consulting and training and development.

For more information about a career as a Psychologist, visit the Job Outlook website. 

Employment level (thousands)

This data shows historical and projected employment levels (thousands) for this occupation. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: ABS Labour Force Survey.

Average weekly total cash earnings (before tax)

This data shows median weekly cash earnings for the occupation, before tax and not including superannuation. These figures are indicative and cannot be used to determine a particular wage rate. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report.

Is it right for me?

Psychologists have an emotionally mature mind and will be empathetic and trustworthy towards their clients. You will have well-developed communication and social skills while having a desire to help others.

  • Interested in people and human behaviour
  • A high degree of motivation and self-discipline
  • Able to exercise high ethical standards
  • Compassionate towards others
  • Able to relate to people from different cultural backgrounds
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Patience and perceptiveness.

To become a Psychologist

To be able to become a Psychologist, your study options will change based on your previous study experience or your preferred study pathway:

Professional Accreditation

The Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) is fully accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council as a four-year sequence of study.

Graduates are eligible to apply for probationary registration as a Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

Those who complete the four-year Honours program are also eligible to go on to complete further studies at the Masters level with the aim of gaining specialist registration (e.g., clinical psychologist).

Psychology pathways

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