Working as a Psychologist

Psychologists are employed in a wide variety of fields in New Zealand, both in the public and private sectors. Search the vacancies link for psychologist positions in New Zealand. To work as a psychologist you need to be registered with the New Zealand Psychologists Board.

Employment of psychologists occurs in


New Zealand has a number of universities all of which offer courses in psychology. Psychology is also taught in a number of polytechnics.

Public Sector

Public sector employers of psychologists include District Health Boards, the Department of Corrections, psychological service, Learning Support within the Ministry of Education, social welfare agencies such as Child Youth & Family as well as the Ministry of Defence, and the NZ Police.

The website of Careers New Zealand a government funded information service provides general information on working conditions and salaries and the NZ Qualifications Authority site has a searchable database of quality-assured qualifications available in New Zealand.

Private Practice

Many psychologists in private practice, provide services on an individual basis or as part of a group practice with other psychologists or other health professionals.

Industrial/Organisational Psychology

Larger organisations may employ psychologists in human resource management positions. Recruitment for these positions is often through commercial employment agencies. Psychologists may operate independently in a consulting capacity. The Society hosts a website with information specifically for I/O psychologists.

Community and Voluntary Sector

Some psychologists work for community and voluntary welfare organisations.

Continuing Professional Development

Under section 40 of the HPCA Act, the Psychologists Board requires psychologists to declare compliance with the Board’s continuing competence programme.

Registering as a Psychologist

Registration as a “Psychologist” in New Zealand is managed by the NZ Psychologists Board. The relevant legislation is the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003.

Registered psychologists are required to adhere to the Code of Ethics. This Code was formally adopted in 2002 by the NZ Psychologists Board as the ethical guide for NZ psychologists.

From 1 April, 2009, all actively practising psychologists are required to participate in a continuing competency programme and are required to declare that they have done so when renewing their Annual Practising Certificate.

If you are an overseas psychologist click on information for overseas psychologists.

Professional Membership

Belonging to a professional association is important for psychologists to ensure that they are able to link with their peers and receive the professional contact, support and services that membership provides.

Membership of the NZPsS confers many benefits to psychologists by assisting them to maintain their skills and knowledge in their chosen specialist area, allowing them to join member networks and access a wide range of other member services and benefits.

Join the largest community of psychologists in New Zealand.

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