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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 are experts in human behaviour. They study and analyse processes that relate to how people think and feel.

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.
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.
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.

What can I earn as a Psychologist?

The most common salary  for a Psychologist is between $80k and $90k
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How to become a Psychologist

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.

Explore psychology qualifications

Get started on your pathway to qualification as a Psychologist with a Bachelor Degree.

Duration 3 yrs - 8 yrs
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What skills are employers looking for?

Employers want:

  • Working with children check
  • Australian health practitioner regulation agency (ahpra)
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Written skills
  • Self motivation

Shortlisted applicants have:

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

Latest reviews from 65 Psychologists surveyed on SEEK

Latest reviews

5 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Doctor
Experience
10+ years
Specialisation
Child, couples, depression, phobias, PTSD...
The good things
The smile on the face of my patient at the end of an individual session, knowing that help is there, at hand, solutions are curently implemented together. Priceless.
The challenges
Re-considering your entire Life, implementing on oneself all the techniques learned during the doctoring process, the pain at realising i m not that a good person...and becoming a much better person,...
5 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Family Therapy
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Adolescent community team
The good things
Its never boring because you are working with people, hearing their stories, and trying to help them with their problems. The helping aspect is very satisfying.
The challenges
You need to be aware of professional boundaries. You need to take care of yourself and debrief regularly with peers and have regular supervision.
5 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Masters of clinical psychology
Experience
10+ years
The good things
The good things are being able to work in private practice and work in areas that interest me
The challenges
Some of the challenges are work life balance. Being self employed the role is more diverse than simply psychology, there are a lot of administrative, marketing and networking duties as well.
4 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Honours
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Counselling
The good things
Rewarding, interesting & adequately challenging
The challenges
Variety, regular up skilling
4 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of clinical psychology
Experience
1 - 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Clinical
The good things
Lots of skills can be applied to lots of clients populations
The challenges
Complex cases, lack of supervision by superiors
2 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
B.Psyc, Dip Ed
Experience
10+ years
The good things
When you can help save a life, it's very rewarding
The challenges
the pay and emotional load are difficult, especially for the amount of training and ongoing training required
3 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor social science with honours
Experience
Less than a year
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Mental health group
The good things
Good opportunity to develop clinical skills. Also good opportunity to work with other professions such as Psychiatrists.
The challenges
Didn’t always feel supported in clinical decision making.
5 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
honours
Experience
5 - 9 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
The good things
connection with clients at a deep level and being part of that change for them. I also loving training and working with groups
The challenges
that you need to have good personal resilience
5 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Doctorate Clinical Psychology
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Refugees and Asylum Seekers
The good things
Make a difference even if not visible at the time
The challenges
Working with disenfranchised,sad and angry clients who feel hopeless and powerless
5 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Clinical Psychology Doctorate
Experience
10+ years
Specialisation
severe mental ill health
The good things
in the early years of practicing it is daunting to think that anything could walk through the door, and you have to treat it. In time that actually becomes the pleasure and challenge of the work.
The challenges
You need to know your opinion, and know that not everyone will agree with you, and allow everyone their right to choose their opinion. At the same time you need to know how to work out, if someone do...
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What are the job opportunities for Psychologists?

Find out how the job market is trending

Job opportunities

Psychologist jobs on SEEK
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Projected job growth

National increase over next 5 years
30.2%
2018
2023
Source: LMIP. Psychologists
Latest Psychologist jobs on SEEK
Unique U Psychology
Melbourne > CBD & Inner Suburbs
We are looking for a Clinical Psychologist to join our team in providing psychological assessment & therapy to females with ASD.
Peninsula Health
Melbourne > Bayside & South Eastern Suburbs
Join a leading integrated person centred healthcare network | Children's Psychologist | Limited Term Part Time
360 Health + Community
Geraldton, Gascoyne & Midwest
An exciting opportunity is now available for a Clinical Psychologist to support the continued growth of our counselling services in Geraldton.
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Southwest Wellness Centre
Sydney > South West & M5 Corridor
Are you an Accredited Practicing Psychologist? Are you looking to work in a rewarding private practice role? Then this job is for you!
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