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.