Psychologists investigate, assess and provide treatment and counselling in order to reduce distress and behavioural and psychological problems.

Where psychologists are employed

Psychologists work for governments, nonprofit community welfare organisations, hospitals and businesses. They are also employed in private practices and private health clinics.


Full-time psychologists in South Australia generally earn more than $1,600 per week.

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Job prospects

In 2011 there were 548 people employed full-time as psychologists in South Australia compared with 429 in 2006.

How to become one

To become a psychologist you usually have to complete a degree with a major in psychology or a 4-year Bachelor of Psychology. This is followed by either an accredited two year postgraduate qualification (majoring in a specialisation of psychology) or two years of supervised experience with a registered psychologist. 

For information on course admission requirements and how to apply to the universities and TAFE in South Australia visit the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC).

Check South Australian Universities at The University of Adelaide, Flinders University and University of South Australia.

For information about Australian universities visit Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT).

Licensing or registration requirements

In Australia, all psychologists must be registered with the Psychology Board of Australia. 

The registration types for the psychology profession are:

Recognition of qualifications and skills obtained outside Australia

If you have gained overseas qualifications and experience in psychology from overseas, you must first have your qualifications assessed by the Australian Psychological Society (APS). You may also be required to sit The National Psychology Examination.

For information about assessment of overseas qualifications, and looking for work in Australia visit Recognition of overseas qualifications or contact Skilled Arrival Services on 08 8303 2420 or email

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