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What can you do with a psychology degree?

Psychology. It’s a science and it’s a profession. At the heart of both is the study of the human mind and how it affects behaviour. How do emotions work? What influences motivation – and how can we harness it? What part does perception play in how communities function? If it’s to do with human behaviour, it’s to do with psychology.

Which is why psychology offers so many career paths. When you graduate with a degree in psychology, you’re qualified to work in any number of fields – where you can make a real difference. To individuals. To organisations. To communities. Add in a fairly bright job outlook for those working in the psychology field, and you’re talking a flexible, fascinating, rewarding – and secure – career.

And who doesn’t want that?

But how do I get it? You might be asking. Read on.

So, what can you do with a bachelor’s degree in psychology?

The first step to starting your career is a bachelor’s degree in psychology. This is when you gain all the fundamental knowledge that you’ll build on as you do more study and gain experience. Your undergraduate degree in psychology gives you the opportunity to develop a broad knowledge of several key areas of psychology, including the following. 

  • Cognition
  • Developmental and social psychology
  • Learning theory
  • Psychological testing
  • Research methodology

And that’s just for starters. A bachelor’s degree in psychology, regardless of your psychology major, also allows you to develop strong analytical, problem-solving and communication skills. These are the sort of soft skills that can be applied to a range of different roles and industries.

Start your psychology journey

Your bachelor’s degree in psychology is also the first stepping stone on your path towards becoming a qualified psychologist. When you graduate from your bachelor’s, you’ll be able to apply for provisional registration as a psychologist. Then you’ll need to undertake postgrad study and/or relevant work experience to gain full registration as a psychologist.

If you don’t want  to pursue registration, your bachelor’s degree will still stand you in good stead to make a real difference in a range of industries. Check these out (and this is just a small selection!).

  • Case manager
  • Child development specialist
  • Criminal investigator
  • Human resource specialist
  • Media officer
  • Public relations specialist
  • Research analyst
  • Substance abuse counsellor

When it comes to your psychology career, it’s really up to you where you want to take it.

Can a psychology degree increase your earning potential?  

Let’s take a quick detour into the future.

According to job outlook data collected by the Australian Government, future job growth for registered psychologists is predicted to be ‘very strong’. Pay Scale also shows a steep increase in expected pay based on experience. It highlights that an entry-level psychologist can expect to earn AU$65,281 while a mid-career psychologist can expect to earn an average of AU$82,977. So as you learn more and gain more experience, your salary is likely to go up as well.

The Australian Government also predicts there will be around 38,000 job openings in psychology over the next five years. With demand continuing to grow, you’re going to be highly sought after. It’s nice to feel wanted, no?

This feel like an opportune moment to just drop in that the 2020/21 Good Universities Guide lists Charles Sturt University as having the highest graduate employment rate in Australia – just saying.

How can a psychology degree help you make a difference?

A career in psychology is not just about the dollars and cents. They only go so far. Really it’s about helping people. While psychology careers can be challenging, they are extremely rewarding. If you’re looking for a career that allows you to do meaningful work while continually developing your skillset, then psychology could be the right career path for you.

It’s like the Charles Sturt ethos – ‘to create a world worth living in’.

With a unique understanding of human behaviour, psychology graduates can help those navigating emotional challenges or difficulty.   

Graduates like Tricia Allen. After graduating from a psychology degree at Charles Sturt and wondering what to do with a psychology degree, she started the Finesse Leadership Academy. The academy runs workshops for teenage girls in regional areas. It covers topics like self-esteem, workplace and job interview preparation, personal development, resilience, and emotional intelligence.

Or Judith Gullifer, who helps train psychologists to work in rural and regional locations.

“My most memorable career moment was working for the community and seeing the difference you can make, particularly when you’re working with children and young people. Seeing them grow and develop – then become contributors to their community. And knowing that you’ve had an impact. You’ve been able to shape that somehow. Psychologists have such an important role to play in these small communities – not just for individual members, but for the community itself.”

Keep on growing with Charles Sturt University

At Charles Sturt, we want to help you help others. What’s more, we have a range of online psychology courses that can get you there. From a Bachelor of Psychology and Honours to a postgraduate diploma and even a Doctor of Philosophy, we’re here for you every step of the way, whichever online psychology degree you’re interested in. 

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