Psychologists investigate, assess and provide treatment and counselling to foster optimal personal, social, educational and occupational adjustment and development. The job duties of a psychologist may include collect data about clients and assess their cognitive, behavioural and emotional disorders; administer and interpret diagnostic tests and formulate plans for treatment; or conduct research studies of motivation in learning, group performance and individual differences in mental abilities and educational performance.
Area of specialization may include clinical, educational, organisational, industrial, occupational, psychotherapy etc.
To become a psychologist, you would require a bachelor’s degree with a major in psychology or a four-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. The fourth year of bachelor degree study, which is needed to satisfy registration requirements, may be undertaken as an honours year in the Bachelor of Psychology degree or as a Graduate Diploma of Psychology. Sometimes relevant experience or on-the-job training is needed in addition to the qualification. Registration or licensing may also be required.