Career Options: Psychology
- Professional recognition
- Employment prospects and starting salaries
- Where do SCU Psychology graduates go?
- Graduate and vacation programs
- Targeting potential employers
- Specialist job vacancy websites
- General job vacancy websites
- International job vacancy websites
- Professional associations
- Other useful links
Psychology involves research and study of human behaviour and processes related to how people think and feel. Psychologists provide treatment and counselling to assist clients with behavioural and psychological issues.
Graduates are highly suitable for employment within various government departments, particularly those connected with health, social and disability services, youth services, corrective services, the armed services, research agencies such as the CSIRO, and in education. Private industry is also a large employer of both students who have completed undergraduate study in psychology and registered psychologists. Specifically, opportunities exist within management, human resources, market research, recruitment and specialised consultancy services.
To practice as a psychologist in Australia, you must be registered through the Psychology Board of Australia. To qualify for registration you will need to complete four years of undergraduate study in psychology followed by two additional years of either postgraduate training in psychology or supervised workplace experience as a probationary/conditional registered psychologist. See the Australian Psychological Society website for a comprehensive description of career pathways.
For detailed information on how to register as a psychologist go to the Psychology Board of Australia.
Employment prospects and starting salaries
Weekly average earnings in 2014
Job openings in 2014
Where do SCU Psychology graduates go?
Below is a sample of recent employers and position titles for our Psychology graduates. Note that employers and positions are sorted separately in alphabetical order below — they are not matched lists.
|Sample of employers||Sample of position titles|
|Anderson & Associates||Account Officer|
|Attune Hearing Pty Ltd||Accountant Assistant|
|Automotive Holdings Group Qld||Accounts Coordinator|
|BDO (Qld) Pty Ltd||Agribusiness Analyst|
|Bentleys (Qld) Pty Ltd||Analyst And Accounts Assistant|
|Beyond Tax||Assistant Accountant|
|Calcino Green Accountants||Associate|
|Carter Holt Harvey||Auditor|
|Clearview Towing Mirrors||Business Analyst|
|Clout & Associates||Business Banking Manager|
|Cross Miller and Wilkinson||Business Teacher|
|CWL Accountants||Client Manager|
|Davis Knox Maynards Group||Corporate Accountant|
|Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu||Cost Accountant|
|Department of Corrections||Finance Graduate|
|Department of Health SA||Finance Officer|
|Ferrerro Australia||Financial Accountant|
|First Unity||Financial Controller|
|Grafton Paint and Colour||Financial Officer in Training|
|Grace Hotel||Graduate — Audit & Assurance|
|GSM (Operations) Pty Ltd||Graduate Accountant|
|Hamilton Simmons & Co||Hotel Accountant|
|Harris Black Chartered Accountants||Intermediate Accountant|
|HLV Chartered Accountants||Legal Secretary|
|Holmes & Partners Chartered Accountants||Management Accountant|
|Huaxing Taida Foundation Management Corporation||Manager|
|James Bennett Ltd||Manager Of Government & Corporate Relations|
|John Robinson Accounting Pty Ltd||Operation Clerk|
|Kytec Group||Senior Business Services Accountant|
|Lend Lease||Systems Analyst|
|Luna Park Sydney Pty Ltd|
|Macquarie Business Accountants|
|Mark Edmunds Associates|
|Media Options Group|
|Mid North Coast Institute of TAFE|
|National Australia Bank|
|McGrath and Associates|
|Northern Territory Treasury|
|Novotel Brisbane Airport|
|NSW Aboriginal Land Council|
|O’Connor Heckenberg Business Services Pty Ltd|
|Pilbara Ice Machines WA Pty Ltd|
|Power Tynan Accounting|
|Q&T Accounting Services|
|SEE Civil Construction|
|The City Of Newcastle|
|Thomas Noble & Russel|
|Veolia Environmental Services|
|Victorian Branch Of The RSL|
|WD Nicholls Accounting|
Graduate and vacation programs
Graduate programs are formal programs, usually offered by government departments and large companies. They are designed to attract new graduates and feature structured on-the-job training and development. Graduate programs often close applications 12 months prior to the job starting. This means you may need to apply for these roles as early as February/March in your final year of study.
Vacation programs are usually paid, short-term contracts of 6–8 weeks. They are typically offered to students in their penultimate year of study. Peak advertising times are July and August of each year and most vacation programs take place in the summer vacation period (December–February). Undertaking a vacation program may improve your chances of being short-listed for graduate programs or roles.
Bookmark the following sites for centralised listings of vacation, internship and graduate programs.
Also monitor relevant company websites for additional information and opportunities.
You can connect with other students and search for questions and answers on a number of graduate programs at the Graduate Programs Whirlpool Forums.
Targeting potential employers
General and specialist job search websites are listed below. These can be used to source currently advertised roles and can also be used to create your personal database of potential employers and job titles. Being a proactive jobseeker and creating a living database early on in your studies can help you to research potential opportunities and learn more about your preferred industries.
For more job search help, make sure you access the Graduate Careers and Internship Preparation resources on Blackboard in the online SCU Career Development Program (in MySCU select the ‘MyCareer’ link).
Reviewing company websites is the key to ensuring a good ‘job fit’ for you and the potential employer. It can help you identify links between your strengths and qualities (skills, experience, interests and qualifications) and an employer’s needs, which will increase your chances of success in the recruitment process.
It is estimated the majority of jobs (approximately 80 per cent) are filled through word-of-mouth or networking, known as the ‘hidden job market’. Developing your personal and professional networks (professional associations and university memberships, social networking, attending workshops and conferences and undertaking extracurricular activities) are all valuable ways to tap into hidden job opportunities.
LinkedIn is the largest online professional network with more than 313 million members in over 200 countries and territories; 6 million of those in Australia.
With 60% of LinkedIn revenue coming from talent solutions (recruitment), building your presence and becoming active on LinkedIn can increase the number of job opportunities available to you.
LinkedIn has fast become an effective tool for students and graduates to:
- Present a professional online image
- Showcase their skills, qualifications, qualities and achievements
- Build their network of connections
- Research potential career paths
- Follow and engage with targeted companies
- Connect with fellow professionals in industry and specific interest groups
- Source national and international job vacancies
- Be headhunted by recruiters searching for new talent
Find out how to get started and make the use of LinkedIn at LinkedIn Student Jobs 101.
Specialist job vacancy websites
If you are interested in finding employment overseas as a psychologist you will need to apply to the registering body for assessment of your qualifications.
- American Psychological Association
- British Psychological Society
- The New Zealand Psychological Society
- Canadian Psychological Association
General job vacancy websites
International job vacancy websites
|Worldwide (and Australia)||Australian Volunteers International|
|Worldwide||Career Jet (use keyword: graduate)|
|Worldwide||United Nations Careers|
|Worldwide||The World Bank|
|Europe||European Union job opportunities for graduates|
|Hong Kong||JobStreet Hong Kong|
|Indonesia||JobStreet Campus Indonesia|
|Malaysia||JobStreet Campus Malaysia|
|Philippines||JobStreet Campus Philippines|
|Singapore||JobStreet Campus Singapore|
|United Kingdom||All About Law|
|United Kingdom||Prospects UK|
|United States||Quintessential Careers|
If you are interested in furthering your career, joining a professional association is a good start. There are associations for nearly every profession or area of interest and many have national, state and regional chapters you can join. Students are often eligible for significant membership discounts. Some benefits of joining an association include:
- Updated information on industry-relevant trends and developments
- Access to a range of resources, including publications, newsletters, webinars, conferences and training opportunities
- Enhancing your network
So, whether you are looking to learn about career opportunities in your field, network in your professional community, access current events in your industry sector, or just have some fun while meeting new people, joining a professional association is a step in the right direction!
Other useful links
Below are some useful links to keep up-to-date with the latest research both locally and internationally on the brain and behaviour.