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Healthcare and social assistance is Australia’s largest employing industry – and it’s predicted to show the highest rate of growth of any industry over the next five years*.

With an ageing population and the introduction of initiatives like the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), professionals working in psychological science and sociology roles need the skills to adapt to a changing environment. From critical thinking to effective communication, and an understanding of human behaviour, we’ve collated the most in-demand skills professionals in this sector need to succeed in our 20-page career guide.

*ABS, Labour Force (trend and annual averages of original data); ABS, Education and Work; Department of Employment, Industry Employment.

Top skills employers look in psychological science professionals

  1. The ability to use advanced scientific methods and tools to understand human behaviour and relations
  2. Strong interpersonal and teamwork skills, and the ability to relate to others show empathy and understand cultural differences.
  3. Written and verbal communication skills to present information to stakeholders in a clear, articulate and professional manner
  4. Understand the impact of new initiatives like the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
  5. The ability to think critically and creatively, using an evidence-based approach to make better-informed decisions for clients

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Discover the essential skills psychological science & sociology professionals need to succeed, career opportunities, and industry trends in your free 20-page career guide.

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Psychological Science & Sociology Jobs

Professionals in these sectors can expect to work one-on-one with individuals or families, as well as with small to medium community groups such as neighbourhoods, schools and support groups. You may also work at a larger scale, advocating for policy changes on behalf of clients, organisations, or governments.

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Disability support coordinator

Disability support coordinators assist people with intellectual and physical disabilities in accessing NDIS services; liaise with a range of stakeholders in order to secure suitable support; manage and coordinate participant support plans to enable independence in the home and community; consult with carers, family, external services and other key stakeholders to help provide the most well-rounded support available.

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Aged care coordinator

Aged care coordinators employ best practice, evidence-based tools in health promotion, person-centred care, and healthy ageing to manage lifestyle programs and activities for the elderly. Provide strong customer service, undertake regular consultation with residents and families, and tailor programs to suit identified client needs.

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Community development officer

Community development officers deliver and support a variety of community development and wellbeing initiatives aimed at improving the lives of people from diverse community groups. Work collaboratively with key groups and agencies to develop sustainable partnerships.

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Crime prevention officer

Crime prevention officers develop, coordinate and implement a variety of crime prevention, safety and community development programs to reduce local crime. Develop information resources to educate citizens and the general public about crime prevention.

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Drug/alcohol caseworker

Drug/alcohol caseworkers provide support services to people in the community living with drug and alcohol issues. Work with clients to provide specialised support including assessment, intervention and counselling. Contribute to community development initiatives that promote awareness of drug and alcohol services, healthcare and education.

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Policy development officer and analyst

Policy development officer and analysts develop and support the implementation of best practice policies, programs, projects and activities to support overall health and wellbeing at a local, state and national level. Undertake cost-benefit analysis, impact assessments and evaluate projects to address current and emerging issues in the community.

Looking to change your career?

It’s never too late to pursue your passion. If you’re looking for a new career, UniSA Online’s Psychological Science and Sociology degree will give you new and specialised skills to pursue a career in the social and community care and services sectors while giving you the flexibility to continue working while you study.

Upskill to advance your career

Are you currently working in aged care or disability services? Or perhaps you have experience in social work, counselling, or welfare support, and want to enhance your career prospects. This degree will complement your work experience, giving you a competitive edge to take the next step in your career.

People interested in a psychological science and sociology degree can come from a range of roles and industries including:

  • Child youth and family intervention
  • Disability services
  • Aged care sector
  • Youth work
  • Mental health
  • Early childhood education and care
  • Practice management

Whether you’re looking to upskill and advance your current career or embark on a career change, UniSA Online’s Psychological Science and Sociology degree will give you the skills to help you achieve your goals.

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