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Psychologist

Specialise in human behaviour, and various forms of non-medical interventions and therapies.

What's it like to be a Psychologist?

Psychologists use scientific methods to study the influencing factors on human behaviour and apply a range of therapies to assist people in managing their mental health issues.

Psychologist

Tasks and duties

  • Providing counselling to clients to help them make changes to their behaviour.
  • Identifying and diagnosing mental, behavioural or emotional disorders.
  • Developing treatment plans.
  • Conducting research through interviews and observations.
  • Administering psychological tests.
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Psychologists can choose to specialise in areas such as clinical psychology, clinical neuropsychology, counselling, sport and exercise psychology, forensic psychology, or education and developmental psychology.

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How to become a Psychologist


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To become a psychologist in Australia you need to be registered with the Psychology Board of Australia. Pathways to registration typically require a combined 6 years of education and training.

  1. Complete an accredited undergraduate degree in psychology such as a Bachelor of Psychology or Bachelor of Psychological Science. This degree must be accredited and recognised by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).
  2. Complete an accredited fourth year sequence. This may be an honours year, or a postgraduate diploma.
  3. Choose either two years of supervision as a provisionally registered psychologist; OR a fifth year of study followed by one year of supervision; OR an accredited Masters or Doctorate in a specialised study area.

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  • Australian health practitioner regulation agency (ahpra)
  • Written skills
  • Self motivation
  • Interpersonal skills

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  • Research skills
  • Team work
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Time management
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How do Psychologists rate their role?

Latest reviews from 48 Psychologists surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
3.9
Job satisfaction
4.3
Career progression opportunities
3.6
Job security
3.8
Pay / Salary
3.8
Variety of work
4.1

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Jun 2018
Psychology: a humbling journey of making a difference
Reviewer's Qualification
Clinical trainwd-general registration
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
General
The good things
Changing a persons view of themsleves from worhless to worthy. Helping an individual transform and feel as though they matter. Being a role model and inspiring others to follow their heart. Seeing th...
The challenges
The most challenging aspect is the stress and burn out that can occur if a practitioner does not incorporate enough self care into their routine.
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Love being a psychologist but it’s too difficult to gain reg
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of psychology
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
School psychology community psychology
The good things
It’s interesting and varied. I love helping people with their problems.
The challenges
It’s so difficult to be registered I couldn’t recommend it. The hoops you have to jump through are not commensurate with remuneration.
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Psychologist: analytical, what makes people tick.
Reviewer's Qualification
Masters degree
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Private practice currently
The good things
Considering the two tiered sytem in psychology, i suggest new psychs to do clinical psychology. Get experience in many different areas, in particular in public health and ngo's. Don't just always go f...
The challenges
To always remain positive and compassion for clients even if you can not neccesarily Understand. Being able to see their situation from their perspective. Never be a "know all"! Never tell people wha...
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People are fundamentally interesting thats Psychology
Reviewer's Qualification
Graduate Diploma of Science Psychology
Experience
1 - 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Not applicable
The good things
Being a Psychologist means I can help people and they then can help others. By teaching a person to manage their anxiety they then model it for their children so Psychology by remote control.
The challenges
Challenges for me is the tax and financial part. Remembering to pay myself superannuation and having to pay for all my own training.
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Senior Psychologist: The most rewarding job in the world!
Reviewer's Qualification
Post Grad dip Psychology
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Relationships /Trauma/anxiety and depression/neuroscience
The good things
As a psychologist you have the privilege to enter into the sacred word. To walk alongside them to uncover the source of their distress and pain and to understand the reasons for their reaction. Most r...
The challenges
Biggest challenge is to make time to keep up with the newest developments in neuroscience and the treatment of different mental issues. To stay on to p of your game and of course to stay on top of the...
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Psychology: not for the faint of heart
Reviewer's Qualification
Graduate diploma in applied psychology
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Family therapy & child safety
The good things
Being a psychologist is a job that requires passion and commitment to working with people whose life stories and experiences have often left them with a broken heart, soul, mind and often bodies. It i...
The challenges
This is an unusual profession that constantly seeks to make ourselves redundant in peoples' lives, to give full credit to those that we sit with and to always hold hope where others see none. It is ha...
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Being a psychologist is rewarding and fulfilling
Reviewer's Qualification
Masters
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
I'm self-employed
Specialisation
Counseling
The good things
Being a part of the change process in people’s lives the challenges peoples readiness to implement change that is take action
The challenges
In private practice building a good reputation with referral sources
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Senior Psychologist
Reviewer's Qualification
Grad Dip Science
Experience
1 - 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
PTSD
The good things
The best part about being a Senior Psychologist is not just clinical diversity but also the opportunity to mentor new graduates.
The challenges
You will need to be confident in your decisions - others are depending on your experience and expertise. There is no room for self doubt.
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Psychologist - great job - so many options!!
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Organisational Psychology
Experience
5 - 9 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Vocational rehabilitation
The good things
Knowing that you can help others making positive changes in their life. The wide ranging opportunities for employment (clinical, corporate, education, health promotion and more) and personal developme...
The challenges
It can be emotionally demanding and, if not careful, there is a danger of not connecting well with your client. It is important to look after your own emotional health. The skills of a psychologist ar...
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Psychologist-requires self-exploration much like the client
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Honours)
Experience
1 - 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Not applicable
The good things
I thoroughly enjoy seeing clients wanting to change and taking steps in that direction. I also am able to choose my hours with the exception of having to work 1-2 days after hours.
The challenges
The challenges are when clients have an impenetrable wall up that doesn't allow connection or movement. Mostly they don't do this intentionally, so it can be hard work exploring this.
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