Career Opportunities

Studying psychology opens up a wide range of career opportunities. The skills developed, the understanding of human behaviour acquired, and the competency with statistics gained in a psychology course prepare graduates for a wide variety of fields in psychology.

Students who complete an APAC-accredited four-year undergraduate sequence are eligible for further study in psychology. This can lead to becoming a psychologist with general registration, or a psychologist with an area of practice endorsement.

Educational and developmental psychology

Graduates provide services for a range of clients across the lifespan, e.g., individuals, couples, groups, organisations or systems, particularly those that are considered vulnerable or "at risk".  Graduates may be employed in diverse settings for example (but not limited to) schools, universities, private practice, disability services, early childhood, geropsychology, health, and research institutions.

Clinical neuropsychology

Applies an understanding of the neural basis of cognition, behaviour and emotion to assessment and treatment of adults and children with neurological disorders including stroke, head injury, dementia, and multiple sclerosis.

Health psychology

Concerned with the development of strategies to promote health and alleviate the problems associated with chronic illness.

Clinical psychology

Provide a range of psychological services aimed at the prevention, diagnosis, assessment and treatment of mental illnesses. These mental health conditions can range from mild to severe, and across the lifespan.

Organisational psychology

Concerned with the physical and emotional health, wellbeing and performance of individuals, groups and organisations, through attention to: vocational choice and decision-making; personnel selection, training and career development; adequate design of jobs, equipment and organisational structures; and appropriate management and leadership.

Counselling psychology

Helping people overcome social and emotional concerns and psychological distress such as student study difficulties and relationship problems, using a wide range of therapeutic approaches.

Forensic psychology

Focuses predominantly on applying their skills and knowledge to the legal and criminal justice systems. Their role can range from working with perpetrators of crime, to victims of crime, to courts and correctional services.

Sport and exercise psychology

Applies psychological knowledge and expertise to a variety of sports and exercise settings such as enhancing performance, managing stress and anxiety, and assessing the impacts of injury and concussion.

Community psychology

Helping groups of individuals in the community improve their psychosocial functioning and resilience, and advocate for social justice. Groups may include minority populations such as immigrants and refugees, rural and remote communities, and LGBTIQ+ individuals.

For more information on becoming a psychologist, be sure to visit the Australian Psychological Society.

Graduates are also able to pursue other career pathways outside of becoming a psychologist, using the skills obtained in their psychology degree. Some examples include:

  • Health and Community Services such as welfare, child protection, disability, youth work, and drug and alcohol services.
  • Business Settings such as marketing, human resources, management and data analytics.
  • Government Roles such as the Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Social Services, Department of Justice and Regulation, and the National Audit Office.
  • Research and Academia either within a university setting or in private and public institutions. These institutions may look at issues such as road and accident research, market research, and television audience research.

Psychology also provides an excellent foundation for pursuing further study in related fields such as counselling, occupational therapy, social work, education and business. To find a course that is right for you, visit the Monash course website or review our psychology study pathways.