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Psychology » Career Opportunities

Psychologists have a unique mix of skills which can often mean that they are highly sought after for various jobs and occupations. Through understanding people, as individuals and groups, by holding excellent communications skills and the ability to analyse and understand quantitative data they are matched for positions in research and policy as well as positions of responsibility in many private sector businesses.

Many graduates are hired in public relations, teaching and training, District Health Boards, the New Zealand Defence Forces, the Department of Corrections and in social service agencies such as employment services, social welfare, counselling services, and health promotion.

Career opportunities include

  • Clinical or community Psychologist
  • Human Resource Adviser
  • Behaviour Analyst
  • Social worker
  • Counsellor

Psychology can lead into the following careers

Clinical Psychologist

Clinical psychologists examine and assess people's behavioural and mental health problems.
Clinical Psychologist

Criminal Justice Psychologist

Criminal justice psychologists work with offenders to assess and provide treatment to help them make changes in their lives and reduce the risk of reoffending.
Criminal Justice Psychologist

Industrial and Organisational Psychologist

Industrial and organisational psychologists investigate workplaces and recommend ways to improve workers' efficiency, effectiveness and wellbeing.
Industrial and Organisational Psychologist

Counsellor

Counsellors help people to deal with their feelings and responses, and decide on actions they can take to solve problems.
Counsellor

Psychotherapist

Psychotherapists help individuals, couples or groups identify, understand, and manage emotional and behavioural problems.
Psychotherapist

Youth Worker

Youth workers work with people under 25 years of age and their families.
Youth Worker

Psychologist

Psychologists investigate, assess and provide treatment and counselling for people's behavioural and mental health issues.
Psychologist

Family Lawyer

Family lawyers deal with legal matters between people with a familial relationship.
Family Lawyer

Career Consultant

Career consultants assist individuals and groups with their career decision-making, and may assist with an individual's self-development and job search.
Career Consultant

Music Therapist

Music therapists use music to assist the healing and personal growth of people
Music Therapist