- Forensic Psychologist
Play a leading role in how we understand criminal behaviour by studying a challenging and exciting course in forensic psychology.
What do forensic psychology graduates do?
Graduates of forensic psychology courses can seek employment in a range of positions across the justice and rehabilitation sectors. Due to the wide variety of roles available, your tasks may vary greatly, but all forensic psychologists can be expected to conduct clinical work, and must possess strong skills in interviewing and managing clients.
Practising as a forensic psychologist, you may perform tasks like:
- Assessing cognitive, behavioural and emotional behaviours of people engaged in the justice system;
- Administering and interpreting diagnostic tests;
- Developing, administering and evaluating individual and group treatment plans;
- Collecting and reporting psychological evidence for criminal proceedings;
- Conducting psychological interventions, including performing psycho-education and applying psychological therapies to patients and families;
- Offering advice, evidence and opinions on the progress and condition management of people engaged in the justice system;
- Liaising with law enforcement officials, service providers and other key stakeholders;
- Advocating on behalf of clients;
- Evaluating and monitoring clients’ continuing psychological health;
- Evaluating and monitoring psychological programs and interventions; and
- Conducting research and analysis, and preparing submissions and reports.
If you choose to work in research or policy analysis instead of practising psychology, you may perform tasks like conducting research, preparing reports and opinions, conducting advocacy work, writing submissions, interpreting data and evaluating other information.
Graduates of forensic psychology courses may work independently or in private practices as forensic psychologists, and may be called upon to consult to courts, mental health bodies, corrections services, tribunals, family counselling services, rehabilitation services, and the police.
After completing a forensic psychology course, you may also choose to seek employment as an officer or consultant within a prison, rehabilitation centre, police department, law firm, school, or government department.
- Forensic Psychologist
You’ll find a career in forensic psychology rewarding and enjoyable if you:
- Can think critically and analytically
- Can make sound decisions and exercise judgment
- Are a good listener
- Have excellent organisational and time management skills
- Have excellent communication and interpersonal skills
- Work well under pressure
- Can interpret information
- Are highly motivated
- Are proactive and disciplined
- Love solving problems
Can work well independently and in a team
The Australian Government’s Job Outlook reports that job opportunities in psychology have been growing strongly over the past 10 years, and are expected to continue growing moderately until at least 2020. Currently employing approximately 23,000 people, the sector is expected to employ approximately 25,000 by 2020.
According to PayScale, a psychologist can expect to earn between $49,000 and $98,000 per year, with an average salary of $76,000. While PayScale reports a positive relationship between experience and earning capacity, entry-level psychologist can still expect to earn an average wage of $68,000 per year, and earning potential levels off when a psychologist has been working for more than 15 years.
As forensic psychology is more specialised service, forensic psychologists are likely to command higher salaries than general psychologists.
- Australian Clinical Psychology Association
- Australian Psychological Society
- Psychotherapy and Counselling Association of Australia
- Australia and New Zealand Society of Criminology
- Australian Institute of Criminology
- Australian Criminal Justice Society