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What you’re in for
Psychology is listed separately from the other social and
behavioural sciences because it can lead to a specific profession
with its own strict rules for admission and practice. It is quite
different to courses in counselling, which are often bundled in with
the humanities. Contrary to what people might think, the work of a
psychologist involves much more than straight counselling.
To find out more about careers in psychology, refer to the
websites of the Australian Psychological Society at
www.psychology.org.au or the Australian Psychology
Accreditation Council at www.psychologycouncil.org.au.
Other fields of study that may interest you include health
services and support, humanities and social sciences, medicine,
nursing, rehabilitation and social work.
Courses and specialisations
The pathway to becoming a practising psychologist is more
complicated than successfully completing a bachelor degree. In
order to gain accreditation, it is necessary to first complete a
degree majoring in psychology (with honours) or a four-year
bachelor of psychology. The next step is either an accredited two-
year postgraduate qualification (which can be extremely
competitive to get into) or two years of supervised experience
with a registered psychologist. The bachelor degree and
postgraduate courses must be accredited by the Australian
Psychology Accreditation Council.
With such a long and involved — and often highly
competitive — pathway to professional practice, it is easy to see
why only a handful of psychology graduates actually go on to
become psychologists. For those who do not, there is a vast
range of alternative careers: everything from market research,
advertising, management and business consultancy to human
resource management, teaching and social welfare work.
For those who do follow the pathway to accreditation, there
are broad options available. While the common focus of
psychologists was previously on helping individuals to overcome
problems — which might range in severity from the common
difficulties associated with making life decisions through to mental
illness — the field of psychology is now much broader. Today,
many graduates work with organisations (in organisational
psychology and industrial psychology) or with teams of elite
sportspeople (in sports psychology). Others help clients with
issues such as addictions, depression, eating disorders, fears
and phobias, career planning, child behavioural problems, sleep
disorders and relationships.
Accredited psychologists can choose to specialise (usually
by undertaking further study) in a variety of areas, the most
common being clinical psychology, counselling psychology and
National average rate of retention
National avg. rate of
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EMPLOYMENT, SALARIES AND FURTHER STUDY
New South Wales
For an explanation of abbreviations, see page 429.
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