Australian Psychology Society This browser is not supported. Please upgrade your browser.

Areas of psychology

General practising psychologists

Placeholder Image

Psychology - Improving Lives

Wherever there are people, psychologists can help. About 50 per cent of Australia's psychologists work as General Practising Psychologists. General psychologists may apply their skills and knowledge about human behaviour to assist others optimise performance and well-being. They apply psychology across a range of areas including:

  • Business
  • Management
  • Education
  • Physical and mental health
  • Communications
  • Marketing
  • Public policy

All psychologists are registered with the Psychology Board of Australia for General Practice, meeting high standards in initial and continual education, training and professional development. For a variety of reasons, General Practice Psychologists choose not to be aligned to one of the nine psychological practice endorsement areas defined by the Psychology Board of Australia.

They are often experts with supplementary skills, experience and training in other areas applying their skills in psychology within a broad range of professional settings.

Areas of expertise of general practising psychologists

There are applications for psychology wherever there are people. General practising psychologists are skilled at applying evidence based interventions in a wide variety of settings and may work either as private practitioners or employees in areas such as education, health, business, communications, public policy, NGOs, legal, social or government.

General practice psychologists who work in these areas often use descriptive terms in conjunction with the professional term "psychologist" to describe the focus of their psychological work.

These other common descriptive terms used in front of the title psychologist include:

  • Child Psychologist
  • Coaching Psychologist
  • Consumer Psychologist
  • Engineering Psychologist
  • Ergonomic Psychologist
  • Industrial Psychologist
  • Media Psychologist
  • Military Psychologist
  • Rehabilitation Psychologist
  • School Psychologist
  • Social Psychologist

Use of these terms in conjunction with the title psychologist in Australia is purely descriptive and should not infer any Australian Psychological Society or Psychology Board of Australia practice area endorsement. In contrast, the Psychology Board of Australia endorses some psychologists for nine expert practice areas, that involved area-specific advanced tertiary psychological training.

Interest groups

The Australian Psychological Society has 48 interest groups that connect members with skills or interest in specific areas of psychology. They keep members skills up to date and in turn ensure a rich source of resources and professional development.

APS psychologists interest groups include

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and Psychology
  • Child Sexual Abuse Issues and Psychology
  • Child, Adolescent and Family Psychology
  • Consumer Psychology
  • Family Law and Psychology
  • Positive Psychology
  • Psychologists in Schools
  • Psychology and Ageing

View the complete list of interest groups.

The APS Division of General Psychological Practice actively promotes the highest standards in General Practice Psychology around Australia. All psychologists have a professional obligation to work within their level of competence and experience.