Educational Psychologists

ANZSCO ID 272312

Overview

Snapshot

Employed
3,100
Future Growth
N/A
Weekly Earnings
N/A
Full-Time Share
62%
Female Share
83%
Average age
46

Summary

Educational Psychologists investigate learning and teaching, and develop psychological techniques to foster the development and skills of individuals and groups in educational settings.

Tasks

  • Conducts research studies of motivation in learning, group performance and individual differences in mental abilities and educational performance.

  • Collects data and analyses characteristics of students and recommends educational programmes.

  • Formulates achievement, diagnostic and predictive tests for use by teachers in planning methods and content of instruction.

Characteristics


Outlook

Employment Outlook

The NSC produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. Employment projections data are only produced for occupations at the broad four digit Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) level. While data are not available for this occupation, projections data are available for the parent occupation, Psychologists and Psychotherapists, under the outlook section.


Earnings and hours

Working arrangements

  • Around 62% of people employed as Educational Psychologists work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 4 percentage points below the all jobs average (66%).

    Full-time workers work an average of 42 hours per week in their main job. This is similar to the all jobs average (44 hours per week).

    Sources:Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average.


Industries

Main industries

1
Education and Training
86.3%
2
Health Care and Social Assistance
8.6%
3
Public Administration and Safety
3.7%
4
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
0.5%
5
Other industries
0.8%

Regions

Employment across Australia

NSW

32.5% All occupations: 31.6%

VIC

20.5% All occupations: 25.6%

QLD

24.1% All occupations: 20.0%

SA

2.1% All occupations: 7.0%

WA

15.5% All occupations: 10.8%

TAS

2.5% All occupations: 2.0%

NT

0.5% All occupations: 1.0%

ACT

2.3% All occupations: 1.9%

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

State Educational Psychologists All Jobs Average
NSW 32.5 31.6
VIC 20.5 25.6
QLD 24.1 20.0
SA 2.1 7.0
WA 15.5 10.8
TAS 2.5 2.0
NT 0.5 1.0
ACT 2.3 1.9



Worker profile

Age and gender

Age In Years
46
All Jobs Average is 40
Female Share
83%
All Jobs Average is 48%
  • The median age of Educational Psychologists is 46 years. This is higher than the all jobs average of 40 years.

    A large share of workers are aged 35 to 44 years.

    Females make up 83% of the workforce. This is 35 percentage points above the all jobs average of 48%.

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.

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 Bracket Educational Psychologists All Jobs Average
15-19 0.0 5.0
20-24 0.7 9.3
25-34 21.8 22.9
35-44 24.9 22.0
45-54 22.6 21.6
55-59 11.2 9.0
60-64 10.9 6.0
65 and Over 8.0 4.2
Median Age 46 40

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.


Employment Pathways

Education, training and experience

A specialised postgraduate degree in psychology and a period of supervised practice is needed to work as an Educational Psychologist.

Registration with the Psychology Board of Australia is required.

Visit

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.

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 Qualification Educational Psychologists All Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate 78.1 10.1
Bachelor degree 20.0 21.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma 1.3 11.6
Certificate III/IV 0.2 21.1
Year 12 0.4 18.1
Year 11 0.0 4.8
Year 10 and below 0.0 12.5

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.


Skills and Knowledge

Employers look for Psychologists who are caring, compassionate, empathetic and work well in a team.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  • 70%

    Social perceptiveness

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  • 64%

    Reading comprehension

    Reading work related information.

  • 63%

    Active listening

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  • 63%

    Writing

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  • 59%

    Judgment and decision making

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  • 59%

    Speaking

    Talking to others.

  • 57%

    Critical thinking

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  • 57%

    Learning strategies

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  • 55%

    Monitoring

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  • 55%

    Time management

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  • 54%

    Active learning

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  • 54%

    Complex problem solving

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  • 54%

    Coordination with others

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  • 52%

    Persuasion

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  • 52%

    Serving others

    Looking for ways to help people.

  • 50%

    Negotiation

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

  • 50%

    Instructing

    Teaching people how to do something.

  • 48%

    Systems evaluation

    Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.

  • 45%

    Systems analysis

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  • 43%

    Management of personnel resources

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.


Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  • 88%

    Psychology

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

  • 86%

    Therapy and counselling

    Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.

  • 77%

    Education and training

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

  • 65%

    English language

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

  • 63%

    Mathematics

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  • 62%

    Sociology and anthropology

    Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

  • 52%

    Clerical

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  • 48%

    Customer and personal service

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  • 45%

    Administration and management

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  • 42%

    Computers and electronics

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  • 39%

    Philosophy and theology

    Philosophical systems and religions, including their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and impact on society.

  • 38%

    Law and government

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  • 34%

    Communications and media

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  • 31%

    Foreign language

    Foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.

  • 24%

    Personnel and human resources

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

  • 23%

    Medicine and dentistry

    Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.

  • 20%

    Public safety and security

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  • 20%

    Biology

    Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

  • 19%

    Sales and marketing

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  • 12%

    Economics and accounting

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.


Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities..

  • 68%

    Oral comprehension

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  • 68%

    Written comprehension

    Read and understand written information.

  • 64%

    Oral expression

    Communicate by speaking.

  • 64%

    Written expression

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  • 63%

    Inductive reasoning

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  • 61%

    Problem spotting

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  • 59%

    Deductive reasoning

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  • 55%

    Speech clarity

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  • 54%

    Speech recognition

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  • 50%

    Near vision

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  • 50%

    Originality

    Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.

  • 50%

    Sorting or ordering

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  • 48%

    Brainstorming

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  • 48%

    Categorising

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  • 43%

    Flexibility of closure

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  • 43%

    Mathematics

    Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.

  • 41%

    Far vision

    See details that are far away.

  • 39%

    Selective attention

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  • 39%

    Multitasking

    Do two or more things at the same time.

  • 37%

    Perceptual speed

    Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.


Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  • 81%

    Building good relationships

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  • 79%

    Communicating within a team

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  • 78%

    Giving expert advice

    Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups.

  • 77%

    Collecting and organising information

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  • 76%

    Making sense of information and ideas

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  • 75%

    Researching and investigating

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  • 74%

    Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  • 74%

    Negotiating and resolving conflicts

    Handling complaints and disagreements, and negotiating with people.

  • 73%

    Planning and prioritising work

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  • 72%

    Explaining things to people

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  • 72%

    Documenting or recording information

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  • 72%

    Helping and caring for others

    Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.

  • 71%

    Looking for changes over time

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  • 70%

    Checking compliance with standards

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  • 70%

    Making decisions and solving problems

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  • 66%

    Assessing and evaluating things

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  • 64%

    Communicating with the public

    Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  • 63%

    Monitoring people, processes and things

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  • 61%

    Thinking creatively

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  • 57%

    Working with computers

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.


Interests and demands

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  • 100%

    Analytical

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  • 86%

    Helping

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  • 52%

    Administrative

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  • 52%

    Creative

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  • 24%

    Enterprising

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  • 19%

    Practical

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.


Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.
  • 100%

    Relationships

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  • 81%

    Independence

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  • 76%

    Achievement

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  • 76%

    Recognition

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

  • 69%

    Working conditions

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  • 52%

    Support

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.


Demands

The physical and social demands that workers face most often are shown below:
  • 100%

    Teamwork

    Work with people in a group or team.

  • 100%

    Face-to-face discussions

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  • 98%

    Electronic mail

    Use electronic mail.

  • 97%

    Telephone

    Talk on the telephone.

  • 93%

    Being exact or accurate

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  • 92%

    Impact of decisions

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  • 92%

    Contact with people

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  • 89%

    Frequent decision making

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  • 87%

    Freedom to make decisions

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  • 86%

    Lead or coordinate a team

    Lead others to do work activities.

  • 85%

    Letters and memos

    Write letters and memos.

  • 85%

    Time pressure

    Work to strict deadlines.

  • 82%

    Contact with the public

    Work with customers or the public.

  • 81%

    Physically close to people

    Work physically close to other people.

  • 80%

    Conflict situations

    Deal with conflict or disagreements.

  • 79%

    Unstructured work

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  • 75%

    Spend time sitting

    Spend time sitting at work.

  • 71%

    Consequence of error

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

  • 70%

    Indoors, heat controlled

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  • 66%

    Angry or unpleasant people

    Deal with unpleasant, angry, or rude people.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 19-3031.01 - School Psychologists.


Links and downloads

Back to top