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This is an ideal career for analytical and logical thinkers. Psychologists study the human mind and human behaviour. The most popular area of specialization is clinical psychology, where you’re dealing with psychological problems and mental illness. You may work in schools, clinics, government agencies, or the corporate sector with about forty percent working in private practice.


There is a schedule recommended by the Australian Psychology Society (APS) suggesting that a 60 minute consultation should be charged at $200 per hour.  Australian Jobs 2008 states that ‘the average income is in the $70,000 per year range. Major employers of psychologists at state and commonwealth level all have pay scales.

For example, in Victoria the range is Grade 1 to Grade 4. Each grade has yearly progressions. The Grade 1 first year salary is $37,000 per year, and the Grade 4 third year salary the highest on the scale, is $62,400 per year.

Career Path Options

A registered psychologist may go straight into private practice or work in any of the above places depending on their area of interest and job availability. There’s no prescribed hierarchy but experience will count when applying for jobs. According to Australian Jobs 2008 the future job growth is rated as ‘strong’.

About the Author

Anne Parker

Anne Parker

Anne Parker has an Arts degree and post graduate diploma from Monash University and is a registered secondary school teacher with 30 years of teaching experience in French, History, Career Education and Psychology. She has held positions of Coordinator of Languages other than English (LOTE), Coordinator of Studies of Society and Environment (SOSE)and Coordinator of Career Education. These roles involved implementing major curriculum reform of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development(DEECD). An elected committee member of the Career Education Association of Victoria

(CEAV) for 2 years including 3 months as interim Executive Officer, Anne was involved in significant change management, setting of standards of training of Career Development Practitioners and the ethics governing Practitioners in line with the national peak body the Career Industry Council of Australia (CICA). In 2008 she commenced Careertactics, her own consulting business.

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