Psychology

Psychology is about how and why humans and other animals think and behave the way they (we!) do.

With respect to human psychology, this involves learning about the mental functions underlying individual human behaviour – and also applying in social or group settings.

Psychology is also about the physiological and biological processes in the brain.

This includes brain functioning, intelligence, emotions, personality and psychological disorders.

NZ university majors related to this area

Though in the same subject area, they may be very different.

Examples of career opportunities

Most entail additional learning (lifelong learning!).

  • Private-practice psychologist
  • Hospital psychologist
  • Clinical psychologist
  • Industrial psychologist
  • Psychometrist
  • Counsellor
  • Marriage guidance counsellor
  • Family therapist
  • Trauma counsellor
  • Youth worker
  • Social worker
  • Mental health worker
  • Coach
  • Personnel manager
  • Academic

Income and employment prospects

Income

146% of national
median earnings


Employment

60%
Employed
2%
Unemployed
29%
Further study
9%
Other or unknown

Figures based on young domestic graduates 5 years after graduation. Source: Ministry of Education.

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