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Career paths

For students with Psychology degrees there are a variety of options for career paths.

Clinical Psychologists

Clinical Psychologists spend much of their time in the assessment and management of emotional and behavioural problems. These range from difficulties arising from life stresses to more severe disorders like schizophrenia. Career pathways for Clinical Psychologists include:

  • Government agencies (e.g., Family and Children Services, Disabilities Services Commission)
  • Private practice
  • Drug and alcohol counselling
  • Psychiatric hospitals

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Educational and Developmental Psychologists

Educational and Developmental Psychologists are concerned with issues relating to the development and learning of people throughout their entire lifespan. They work in a range of settings with individuals, couples, groups or systems carrying out varied tasks such as assessing developmental, learning and behavioural difficulties, designing treatment programs, evaluating programs and interventions, designing programs to promote positive development.

Career pathways for Educational and Developmental Psychologists include:

  • School psychologist
  • Developmental consultant to manufacturers of educational materials, toys, software
  • Psychologist in government agencies, e.g. Disability Services Commission

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Organisational Psychologists

Organisational Psychologists deal with work place productivity as well as employee well-being. In some cases they help design software and machinery that allows people to work more effectively and safely. Career pathways for Organisational

Psychologists include:

  • Management consultancy
  • Human resources
  • Consumer analyst
  • Employee training
  • Marketing

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Sports Psychologists

Sports Psychologists work mainly with elite athletes and address the wide range of psychological factors associated with sports performance. They help athletes refine their focus on competition goals and learn to deal with the anxiety and fear of failure that often accompany competition.

Career pathways for Sports Psychologists include:

  • Australian Institute of Sport
  • Professional sporting teams (e.g., in the AFL, National Basketball League and Hockeyroos)

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Clinical Neuropsychologists

Clinical Neuropsychologists assess and treat the psychological effects of brain damage and disease. Often they work with health teams to help brain-injured people resume productive lives.

Career pathways for Clinical Neuropsychologists include:

  • Government agencies (e.g., Disabilities Services Commission)
  • Psychiatric hospitals
  • Private practice
  • Rehabilitation agencies

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