I/O Psychologist Career

Job Description

What is an industrial oganizational psychologist?

The specialty of industrial-organizational psychology (also called I/O psychology) is characterized by the scientific study of human behavior in organizations and the work place. The specialty focuses on deriving principles of individual, group and organizational behaviour, and applying this knowledge to the solution of problems at work. They may also

help companies with their hiring process, employee training, and make a workplace environment that increases productivity. Even though they are trained in all these tasks, most I/O psychologist get hired in colleges where they conduct research and teach students. Lastly, I-O psychologists should be strong oral and written communicators. They should be analytical thinkers and good decision-makers. Strong research and problem-solving skills are important to have as well.

What kind of education do you need to be an industrial organizational psychologist?

The minimum educational requirement for this career is a master’s degree in industrial-organizational (I-O) psychology. However, many I-O psychologists have a PhD, which is a requirement for most academic jobs, as well as for many jobs in private industry. The first step to becoming an I-O psychologist is to earn a 4-year bachelor’s degree in psychology or a related field. It’s also a good idea to take courses in statistics, research methods, and business administration at the undergraduate level.Students enrolled in industrial-organizational programs at the graduate level conduct research in a specific area of I-O psychology, such as selection and performance assessment of employees. Many graduate programs include internships, which allow students to obtain on-the-job experience.In some states, psychologists are required to obtain a license to practice I-O psychology.

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In general, I-O psychologists earn somewhere between $55,000 and $187,000 a year. The median annual salary is around $95,000. Those with a PhD tend to earn more than those with a master’s degree.


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