The purpose of psychology is to accurately describe, explain, predict, and change human behavior and mental processes. It strives to achieve these goals within all spheres of human activity. Psychology helps improve learning, job performance, public institutions and relationships.
The ultimate end of psychological research is to promote optimal behavior and mental activity. The first step is to understand how the mind works and why people act the way they do. Psychology strives to explain the relationship between people and their environment. It looks at the different ways people interact with one another under different circumstances, and it studies how people change over time.
Whatever career you pursue, a background in psychology will enhance your employability. Studying psychology can
by learning about aspects of human behavior that will help you in daily life, including your interactions with others, your learning and memory performance, your ability to cope with pressure and your understanding of the causes of psychological disorders.
by combining Psychology with other courses. Many courses in the Faculty of Arts and Social Science, as well as those in the Business, benefit from an understanding of human behaviour, be it social interaction, language and communication, human motivation and emotion, or the process of decision-making. Knowledge about brain function and behaviour is of considerable benefit to students studying other science degrees.
Psychology is a science. The defining feature of any science is the objective approach that is used to advance our knowledge. In psychology we use this scientific approach to learn about behaviour and mental life. Psychology provides an excellent training in analytic thinking and scientific research methods that are applicable to a broad range of careers.
Psychologists work in a wide variety of different contexts, including clinical, legal, organisational, educational and research settings in both the private and public sector. The initial training required to work as a psychologist is an accredited undergraduate degree in psychology. Specialist training in different professional areas is then provided in postgraduate degrees.
Psychologists are employed across several industries including Health Care and Social Assistance; Public Administration and Safety; Education and Training; and Administrative and Support Services. This mix of industries is highly favorable for employment growth prospects. In fact, employment growth over the next ten years is predicted to exceed 140%, with growth in the top 10% of all careers over the next 2-10 years. For Psychologists working full-time, average weekly hours are 37.8 (compared to 41.3 for all occupations) and earnings are above average – in the top 20% of all careers. Unemployment for Psychologists is low.