Psychology Careers

A career in psychology involves examining human thoughts, feelings and actions, to help explain a variety of ‘why’ and ‘how’ questions. This understanding and insight leads to vast career opportunities in mental health and wellness, education, child development, rehabilitation, human resources, business, research, and more.

As a psychologist, you may work in hospitals, government agencies, schools and universities, research organisations, or private practice, in roles such as:  

  • clinical psychologist,
  • general psychologist,
  • child or school psychologist,
  • sport psychologist,
  • neuropsychologist, or
  • psychotherapist.

Not everyone registers as a psychologist. A career in psychology could also lead to jobs in a research, executive and management settings exploring data, consumer behaviour and insights, or roles educating, training, counselling, or coaching others.  

By 2026, there is a strong projected growth of 13.3% (or 4,100 jobs) for psychologists alone, across a variety of industries (Labour Market Insights, 2022). 

Skills and traits

Whether you’re trained as a psychologist, exploring insights and data, or predicting human behaviour in an executive setting you’ll be perceptive, inquisitive, and analytical. In your career, you’ll make a positive impact on others as you help and support individuals, families, and communities to improve their well-being. You’ll develop active listening skills, and the ability to connect with others.

  • Emotional intelligence
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Active listening
  • Observant and empathetic
  • Patient and perceptive
  • An inquisitive mind
  • Ability to analyse and evaluate

Psychology degrees

CQU has many options for you to kickstart your career in psychology. The pathway to registration as a general or clinical psychologist requires a four year undergraduate qualification followed by a postgraduate  qualification. CQU offers a number of options to meet the undergraduate requirement in addition to professional and clinical psychology post graduate degrees. The undergraduate psychology  degrees are a good option if you don't intend to seek registration as a psychologist rather you wish to explore your interest in understanding behaviour.