About - Careers - Psychology - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Careers in Psychology

Where it will take me

Psychology graduates have a unique mix of skills sought after in many occupations. They have:

  • a basic knowledge about people
  • developed competency:
    1. with computers
    2. data analysis
    3. writing and communication skills
  • a critical and objective way of approaching problems

Careers where our graduates are placed:

  • research positions
  • policy analysts in government departments and other large organisations
  • positions of responsibility in a variety of domains including:
    1. banks
    2. retailing
    3. manufacturing
    4. primary production
  • working with people in "helping" agencies such as:
    1. employment services
    2. social welfare
    3. in various forms of counselling.
  • careers in public relations, teaching and training.
  • researchers or academics in tertiary education institutions.

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Applied Careers

The Department offers postgraduate applied psychology training in Clinical and Industrial and Organisational (Applied) Psychology. These courses can lead to Registration as a Psychologist by the Psychologists's Board, under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act, 2003.

Clinical Psychologists work with individuals and their families dealing with major psychological problems including:

  • substance abuse
  • gambling
  • psychiatric and family difficulties
  • eating disorders
  • anxiety
  • neurological disorders
  • sexual disorders
  • general difficulties in coping
  • forensic field in the rehabilitation of persons convicted of criminal offences

Clinical Psychologists are employed by:

  • various health agencies
  • counselling services
  • the Department of Corrections
  • a number are in private practice

Industrial and Organisational/Applied Psychology graduates are generally employed in:

  • consulting firms and government departments
  • or in human resource management
  • industrial relations
  • training positions in large organisations, including the armed forces

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