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[Immigration Course Series] Psychologists





Professional Presentation

The science of human behaviour attracts many people who are interested in brain function, memory, learning, human development and the processes determining how people think, feel, behave and react. 

Psychologists use the latest research on the factors that influence these processes. They devise and test methods to improve performance, address mental illness, and help people to live happier, healthier lives. 

Psychology is a broad profession, and one that is almost unrivalled in the scope in which it can be applied.

Clinical Psychologist 


Educational Psychologist

Organisational Psychologist

Career Outlook

Psychology can lead graduates to work in an array of settings 

Psychology graduates work in a variety of roles in corporations and sporting groups, courts and gaols, hospitals and mental health facilities, universities, marketing and advertising, schools and private practice. 

Psychology is a broad profession, and one that is almost unrivalled in the scope in which it can be applied. 

What psychology job opportunities are there? 

Demand for psychologists is growing – with the field predicted to have a 20% increase in job prospects over the next five years* - the outlook for the industry is positive. 

Career opportunities exist in three main areas: 

research and teaching - the science 

service provision - the treatment profession 

beyond the individual - the application of science at a systems level 

Many psychologists move flexibly across these areas. For example, some psychologists might conduct research and provide clinical services in a mental health setting. Others may work in universities as well as conducting private counselling practices. 

How much can I earn with a psychology degree? 

PayScale reports that Bachelor of Science graduates who major in psychology earn an average annual salary of $75,000 in Australia.As career opportunities span a range of roles and industries, salary trends depend on the area you decide to work. 

Clinical psychologist: the average annual salary is $110,000*. Clinical psychologists treat and support people with mental health conditions such as depression, trauma, substance abuse and anxiety. In 2020 there were approximately 36,000 practising registered Psychologists in Australia, with the majority of these working in direct service provision.

Migration Skill Assessment

The Australian government has nominated the Australian Psychological Society (APS) as the assessing body for psychologists applying for migration to Australia under the Skilled Migration categories. This means the APS is the only body in Australia that can assess psychology qualifications for migration to Australia under these categories.

What occupations are accepted as eligible skilled occupation to apply for migration?

272311 clinical psychologist  

272312 educational psychologist

272313 organisational psychologist

272399 psychologists (nec) 

People seeking to migrate under the Skilled Migration categories must have: 

  • Completed qualifications comparable to six years of study in psychology in Australia;

  • and meet the English language proficiency requirements

Universities & Courses

The list with the eligible 4 year programs

The list with the eligible 5th-6th year programs