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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.

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 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

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

Duration 2 yrs - 7 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:

  • 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 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...
5 out of 5Jun 2018
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.
5 out of 5
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.
4 out of 5
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...
4 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Graduate Diploma of Science Psychology
Experience
1 - 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
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.
5 out of 5
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...
4 out of 5
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...
3 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Clinical Psychology
Experience
1 - 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
The good things
Role is varied and working with people with different presenting issues. Assisting people in need.
The challenges
Poor pay if qualifications completed later in life, no recognition of prior experience. Long training equivalent to medicine. First 4 years of training very theoretical and too much focus on statisti...
5 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Masters
Experience
10+ years
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
5 out of 5
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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What are the job opportunities for Psychologists?

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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
CatholicCare Canberra & Goulburn
ACT
We are currently seeking Student & Family Counsellors to provide therapeutic counselling to students and their families
CatholicCare Canberra & Goulburn
Wollongong, Illawarra & South Coast
We are currently seeking Student & Family Counsellors to provide therapeutic counselling to students and their families in Moruya and Bateman’s Bay
Townsville Hospital and Health Service
Northern QLD
Contribute to the strategic direction of the department whilst providing high level patient care in this newly created role at The Townsville Hospital
LifeWorks Relationship Counselling and Education Services
Melbourne > Bayside & South Eastern Suburbs
Provision of clinical assessment, psychological focused strategies, counselling, case work, group work and therapeutic support.
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