Roles and responsibilities
To qualify as a psychologist:
Complete an undergraduate Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science or the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) with the Psychology double major as your first degree.
Complete a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) or a Bachelor of Science (Honours) or the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) with the Psychology Honours specialisation.
Complete professional postgraduate study to qualify as a psychologist.At present, professional postgraduate training is available in Industrial and Organisational Psychology, Clinical Psychology, and Clinical Neuropsychology
Before being eligible for general registration to practise as a psychologist, students must first complete a minimum of six years education and training.There are several pathways which students can follow to achieve this.
Refer to the Study Pathways to the right for more information.
Psychologists work on a broad range of issues with clients, including children, adults, couples, families and organisations.
- conduct therapeutic interviews and provide counselling
- give psychological tests and assess the results to identify the source of problems and determine treatment
- research psychological aspects of topics such as study motivation, teaching skills, occupational behaviour, working conditions and organisational structures
- provide follow-up services to groups and individuals for support and evaluation purposes
- evaluate the results of programs aimed at improving personal and organisational effectiveness
- construct tests to assess and predict mental and emotional states, as well as performance
- conduct academic research.
Psychologists are employed by government and privately-run community welfare organisations and by hospitals, industry and the Australian Defence Force. They are also employed in private practice and in private health clinics.
Many psychology graduates do not find work as psychology specialists but are employed in positions where they can use the skills learned through their psychology training.
Research skills are especially useful in market research, advertising, management or business consultancy. Other areas such as social welfare, community work, human resource management, training, teaching and lecturing, and clerical and administrative work also provide employment for psychologists.
Recommended major/s to pursue this careerThese courses are required to pursue this career.
Coursework courses to pursue this careerPostgraduate study is required for this occupation.
Relevant postgraduate courses include (also refer to double-badged coursework and research courses below under 'Research'):
Research courses to pursue this careerResearch study is not necessarily required for this occupation, but may be helpful for career advancement.
Relevant research courses include: