Clinical Psychologists consult with individuals and groups, assess psychological disorders and administer programs of treatment.

Specialisations: Forensic Psychologist, Health Psychologist, Neuropsychologist.

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

Tasks

  • Collects data about clients and assesses their cognitive, behavioural and emotional disorders.
  • Administers and interprets diagnostic tests and formulates plans for treatment.
  • Develops, administers and evaluates individual and group treatment programmes.
  • Consults with other professionals on details of cases and treatment plans.

All Psychologists and Psychotherapists

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

Clinical Psychologists

  • 13,500 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 52% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 43 years Average age
  • 80% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Clinical Psychologists (in their main job) grew strongly over 5 years:
from 12,100 in 2011 to 13,500 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
  • Location: Clinical Psychologists work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Other Services; Education and Training; and Health Care and Social Assistance.
  • Full-time: Around half work full-time (52%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 43 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 80% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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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)
Other Services77.9
Education and Training10.7
Health Care and Social Assistance8.7
Public Administration and Safety1.2
Other Industries1.5

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.
StateClinical PsychologistsAll Jobs Average
NSW31.031.6
VIC28.625.6
QLD17.620.0
SA5.77.0
WA11.710.8
TAS1.82.0
NT0.71.0
ACT2.91.9

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 BracketClinical PsychologistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.05.0
20-240.7-9.39.3
25-3424.0-22.922.9
35-4429.7-22.022.0
45-5421.4-21.621.6
55-598.6-9.09.0
60-647.5-6.06.0
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 QualificationClinical PsychologistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate80.6-10.110.1
Bachelor degree18.2-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma0.5-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV0.0-21.121.1
Year 120.6-18.118.1
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 a Clinical 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. Therapy and Counseling

    97% Skill level

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

  2. Psychology

    96% Skill level

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

  3. Customer and Personal Service

    77% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  4. English Language

    74% Skill level

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

  5. Education and Training

    66% Skill level

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

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  1. Face-to-Face Discussions

    100% Important

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  2. Indoors, Heat Controlled

    99% Important

    How often do you work indoors with access to heating or cooling?

  3. Telephone

    98% Important

    How often do you talk on the telephone?

  4. Freedom to Make Decisions

    96% Important

    How much freedom do you have to make decision on your own?

  5. Structured versus Unstructured Work

    95% Important

    How much freedom do you have to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals?

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 19-3031.02 - Clinical Psychologists.

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