Psychology concerns the study of human behaviour, as well as the factors that may influence human behaviour.
Professional psychologists use scientifically-established processes to help investigate a range of personal and social issues. Despite popular misconceptions, not all psychologists are directly concerned with personal problems. Many work in positions where they:
- create social change to improve or prevent human problems
- undertake assessment, intervention and counselling for learning and developmental issues in people of all ages
- work with the law, police services and in correctional services
- study accident prevention
- assist people involved in sport and exercise to maximise their performance and participation
- design educational material
- promote healthy behaviours and the prevention and treatment of illness
- research how people function in different environments and situations
- assist clients to live happier, healthier lives
- design and implement recruitment and selection strategies
- examine work, human resource management, training and development and market research and advertising
- conduct research and teach in universities
- diagnose, treat and prevent a wide range of mental health and general health issues
- assess, diagnose and manage individuals with brain impairment
- assist people to achieve goals in areas such as welfare and community projects
- counsel people to assist with issues such as personal wellbeing, relationships, work, health and crisis management.
Psychology is a very popular discipline in Australian universities. While many psychology students go on to become registered psychologists, others use it as a stepping stone to different occupations or to broaden their knowledge and understanding of human behaviour.
Psychology may be studied as a dedicated degree program (Bachelor of Psychology) or as a major sequence within a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Social Science degree, or may be included in degrees as diverse as Education, Business or Health Science.
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