Trends in the advertised demand for psychology graduates

John Franklin*, Diane Gibson, Jan Merkel-Stoll, Marcelene Neufelt, Helen Vergara-Yiu

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    Despite rapid growth in the number of psychology graduates, almost no data are available concerning labour market demand and the expectations of employers. This study surveyed 6,298 positions available to psychology graduates, counsellors, social workers, and occupational therapists in the State of New South Wales during the years 1984 to 1990. Over this period, the number of advertisements for psychology graduates and all professions grew, with the exception of psychologist positions requiring four years of education. The advertised demand for six-year educated psychologists increased markedly. Overall, the range of advertised employment opportunities for psychology graduates narrowed, with large losses in the hospital and private sectors. There were very few differences in the duties of psychologists and clinical psychologists. The number of duties increased over time, and there was a decline in the demand for research and other psychological skills. The number of advertised positions available to inexperienced four-year graduates almost halved. The results are discussed in terms of the growing demand for six-year graduates, and changes which could increase the market appeal of four-year graduates.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)138-143
    Number of pages6
    JournalAustralian Psychologist
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 1996


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