Psychology as a career

Are you interested in psychology as a career?

Information about several different types of psychologist can be viewed on the New Zealand Psychological Society’s website. The Society’s website also includes a list of other useful “Psychology Career” links.

The psychologist workforce

Over several years the Board has identified workforce issues as strategic priorities. We continue to work closely with Health Workforce New Zealand (HWNZ), to the benefit of both organisations. At HWNZ’s request we have consulted with other key psychology organisations and it has been agreed that the Board will serve as the profession’s main conduit to Health Workforce New Zealand.

Our current priorities include sorting out the long-standing inconsistencies and unpredictability of internship placements around the country and advising Health Workforce New Zealand on the roles psychologists could and should play in the workforce of the future. The Board also continues to emphasise the high quality and utility of the existing psychologist workforce.

Finding employment

The Board does not maintain a list of employment opportunities and cannot help psychologists find positions. These are not Board functions under the HPCA Act.

The Psychologists Board provides the following information as a public service but does not endorse or support any particular employment consultant.

Newspapers, job seeker websites, and the newsletters and websites of the NZ College of Clinical Psychologists and NZ Psychological Society are also good sources of job advertisements for psychologists.

Tom Nicholas

Recruitment Adviser
Department of Corrections – Ara Poutama Aotearoa

Derek de Boorder

Specialist Recruiting Officer
New Zealand Defence Force
Tel: +64 21 359 814

Website: Defence Careers

It is recommended that overseas-trained psychologists complete a “Self-assessment of eligibility for registration” before seeking employment in New Zealand. Please note that registration is not a guarantee of suitability for employment.