Educational Psychologists investigate learning and teaching, and develop psychological techniques to foster the development and skills of individuals and groups in educational settings.

    A postgraduate degree in psychology or two years of supervised postgraduate experience with a registered psychologist is needed to work as an Educational Psychologist.

    Tasks

    • Conducts research studies of motivation in learning, group performance and individual differences in mental abilities and educational performance.
    • Collects data and analyses characteristics of students and recommends educational programmes.
    • Formulates achievement, diagnostic and predictive tests for use by teachers in planning methods and content of instruction.

    All Psychologists and Psychotherapists

    • $1,857 Weekly Pay
    • Very strong Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Educational Psychologists

    • 3,100 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 62% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 42 hours Average full-time
    • 46 years Average age
    • 83% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Educational Psychologists (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
    from 2,200 in 2011 to 3,100 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Educational Psychologists work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Education and Training; Health Care and Social Assistance; and Public Administration and Safety.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (62%, similar to the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 46 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (53%).
    • Gender: 83% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Education and Training86.4
    Health Care and Social Assistance8.7
    Public Administration and Safety3.7
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services0.5
    Other Industries0.7

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateEducational PsychologistsAll Jobs Average
    NSW32.531.6
    VIC20.525.6
    QLD24.120.0
    SA2.17.0
    WA15.510.8
    TAS2.52.0
    NT0.51.0
    ACT2.31.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketEducational PsychologistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.0-5.05.0
    20-240.7-9.39.3
    25-3421.8-22.922.9
    35-4424.9-22.022.0
    45-5422.6-21.621.6
    55-5911.2-9.09.0
    60-6410.9-6.06.0
    65 and Over8.0-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationEducational PsychologistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate78.1-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree20.0-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma1.3-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV0.2-21.121.1
    Year 120.4-18.118.1
    Year 110.0-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below0.0-12.512.5

    A postgraduate degree in psychology or two years of supervised postgraduate experience with a registered psychologist is needed to work as an Educational Psychologist.

    You must also be registered with the Psychology Board of Australia.

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    Employers look for Psychologists who are caring, compassionate, empathetic and work well in a team.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Psychology

      88% Skill level

      Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

    2. Therapy and counselling

      86% Skill level

      Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.

    3. Education and training

      77% Skill level

      Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

    4. English language

      65% Skill level

      English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    5. Mathematics

      63% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Teamwork

      100% Important

      Work with people in a group or team.

    2. Face-to-face discussions

      100% Important

      Talk with people face-to-face.

    3. Electronic mail

      98% Important

      Use electronic mail.

    4. Telephone

      97% Important

      Talk on the telephone.

    5. Being exact or accurate

      93% Important

      Be very exact or highly accurate.

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