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How to become a Psychologist

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trained in the science of how people think, feel, behave and learn

 

What do they do?

Psychologists are health professionals who specialise in the treatment of mental health problems and human behaviour. There are lots of different fields of psychology, specialising in different fields.

They assess, diagnose, and treat the psychological problems and the behavioural dysfunctions resulting from, or related to physical and mental health. Promote healthy behaviours and help to improve the quality of life for their patients. They can work in hospitals, private clinics, research institutes, the community, schools, forensics, businesses and sports.

If you’re fascinated by human behaviour and how people respond to certain events or triggers in their lives. If you’re passionate about helping people embrace healthy behaviours that could improve their quality of life, then a career as a psychologist may be very rewarding.

 

Duties:

  • Clinical Psychologists provide counselling and psychotherapy for people of all ages with life adjustment issues, emotional disorders or mental illness
  • Clinical Psychologists provide diagnostic assessment or “testing” services
  • Forensic Psychologists conduct studies and clinical evaluations, to formulate expert opinions used to help in criminal, civil and family law cases
  • Criminal Forensic Psychologists work for Courts, lawyers, as well as in prisons and other institutions, they’re the experts called in to advise on sanity and trial competency evaluations
  • Educational Psychologists, School Psychologists, and Clinical Psychologists provide psychoeducational testing and counselling, helping people who are struggling at school and beyond
  • Health Psychologists and Clinical Psychologists research and try to find links between medical complaints and psychological factors
  • Neuropsychologists diagnose mental and behavioural problems that are related to brain injuries
  • Organisational Psychologists focus on how to improve or change the productivity of groups and individuals in the workplace
  • Sports Psychologists provide training to enhance the performance of teams and individual competitors.

 

Skills required:

  • Communication and empathy
  • Numeracy and research skills
  • Strong ethics
  • Patience
  • Problem solving

 

Pathways

Complete a four year full time undergraduate degree in psychology (such as a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) or Bachelor of Psychological Science) and a subsequent two year full time Master of Psychology or Doctor of Psychology postgraduate degree.

Register with the Psychologists Registration Board.

 

Average salary $100,568 (Source: Joboutlook.gov.au)

Job growth in this area is very strong (source: Joboutlook.gov.au)

 

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