Organisational Psychologists apply psychological principles and techniques to study occupational behaviour, working conditions and organisational structure, and solve problems of work performance and organisational design.

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

    Tasks

    • Develops interview techniques, psychological tests and other aids in workplace selection, placement, appraisal and promotion.
    • Conducts surveys and research studies on job design, work groups, morale, motivation, supervision and management.
    • Performs job analyses and establishes job requirements by observing and interviewing employees and managers.

    All Psychologists and Psychotherapists

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

    Organisational Psychologists

    • 450 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 65% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 45 hours Average full-time
    • 41 years Average age
    • 70% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Organisational Psychologists (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
    from 620 in 2011 to 450 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Organisational Psychologists work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Health Care and Social Assistance; Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; and Public Administration and Safety.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (65%, similar to the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 45 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 41 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 70% 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)
    Health Care and Social Assistance31.5
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services25.4
    Public Administration and Safety22.0
    Administrative and Support Services9.1
    Other Industries12.0

    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.
    StateOrganisational PsychologistsAll Jobs Average
    NSW32.231.6
    VIC23.325.6
    QLD22.920.0
    SA7.37.0
    WA8.410.8
    TAS0.02.0
    NT1.31.0
    ACT4.41.9

    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 BracketOrganisational PsychologistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.0-5.05.0
    20-242.5-9.39.3
    25-3430.3-22.922.9
    35-4429.8-22.022.0
    45-5415.5-21.621.6
    55-5910.8-9.09.0
    60-646.3-6.06.0
    65 and Over4.9-4.24.2

    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 QualificationOrganisational PsychologistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate75.5-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree23.6-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma0.9-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV0.0-21.121.1
    Year 120.0-18.118.1
    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 Organisational 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. Personnel and Human Resources

      91% Skill level

      Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

    2. Psychology

      90% Skill level

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

    3. Education and Training

      87% Skill level

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

    4. English Language

      77% Skill level

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

    5. Mathematics

      74% 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. Electronic Mail

      99% Important

      How often do you use electronic mail?

    2. Telephone

      97% Important

      How often do you talk on the telephone?

    3. Structured versus Unstructured Work

      93% Important

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

    4. Freedom to Make Decisions

      93% Important

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

    5. Face-to-Face Discussions

      92% Important

      How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

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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, 19-3032.00 - Industrial-Organizational Psychologists.

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