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.
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.
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:
Requirements of registration as a psychologist require a minimum of an Honours degree in Psychology plus supervised practice or further postgraduate study. The following pathway will help you on your journey to working as a registered psychologist:
At this point you can apply for probational registration as a Psychologist.
To work as a Practicing Generalist Psychologist - you will need to complete:
- Master of Professional Psychology + 1 year supervised practice OR 2 years supervised practice
To become a professional Psychologist, you are required to complete both a Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Psychology) and a Master of Professional Psychology.
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).