Industrial-Organizational Psychologists

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Industrial-organizational psychology is the “scientific study of working and the application of that science to workplace issues facing individuals, teams, and organizations,” according to the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP), which has approximately 8,000 members. Industrial-organizational psychologists use psychological principles and research methods to study businesses and other organizations to improve the performance and well-being of individuals and work teams. Areas of specialization include training and development, individual assessment, work motivation, group and organizational processes, personnel psychology, organizational behavior and psychology, employee recruitment and retention, job analysis, human factors and engineering psychology, psychometrics, and many other areas.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Behavioral Scientists
Duties Study businesses and other organizations to improve the performance and well-being of individuals and work teams; recruit and screen workers; develop plans for employee retention and promotion; maintain morale and promote a positive workplace atmosphere
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • Master's Degree
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
Experience Internship or co-op
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Helpful
  • Problem-Solving
  • Interpersonal
  • Organizational
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements Background check and polygraph test required by some employers
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Much Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Industrial-Organizational College Professor or Consultant
  • Industrial-Organizational Manager
  • Industrial-Organizational Psychologist

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