Industrial-Organizational Psychologists

What do they do?

Apply principles of psychology to human resources, administration, management, sales, and marketing problems. Activities may include policy planning; employee testing and selection, training and development; and organizational development and analysis. May work with management to organize the work setting to improve worker productivity.

Also known as:

Assessment Services Manager, Assistant Vice President, Assessment Solutions, Consultant, Consulting Hr Professional, Consulting Psychologist, Corporate Director, Talent Assessment, Customer Leader, Director, Learning and Development, Director, Learning Services, Director, Selection and Administration, Director, Selection, Classification, Compensation, Executive Coach, Human Performance Consultant, Human Resources Consultant (HR Consultant), Human Resources Psychologist, Industrial Psychologist, Industrial/Organizational Psychologist (I/O Psychologist), Instructional Systems Design Consultant (ISD Consultant), Internal Consultant, Management Consultant, Management Psychologist, Manager of Selection and Assessment, Manager, Personnel Selection, Organizational Consultant, Organizational Effectiveness Consultant, Talent Development Team, Organizational Effectiveness Director, Organizational Psychologist, Organizational Research Consultant, Personnel Psychologist, Personnel Research Psychologist, Personnel Research Scientist, Program Evaluation Consultant, Research Psychologist, Research Scientist, Second VP, HR Assessment, Senior Behavioral Scientist, Senior Consultant, Senior Research Consultant, Senior Research Fellow, Team Leader/Research Psychologist, Testing Projects Administrator, Vice President Talent Management, Vice President, Consulting Services, Vice President, Global Organizational Effectiveness, Vice President, Talent Management, Organizational Development Consultant (OD Consultant), Organizational Development Specialist (OD Specialist)

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Industrial-Organizational Psychologists in United States

Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Industrial-Organizational Psychologists is projected to grow 6 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as average compared to all occupations.

Projected Employment

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  • 6%

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  • 40

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #1 in net job growth

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (48.6%)
  • Master's degree (44.3%)
  • Bachelor's degree (7.1%)
  • Associate's degree (0%)
  • Some college, no degree (0%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (0%)
  • Less than high school diploma (0%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • Personnel and Human Resources - Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Develop educational programs.
  • Mediate disputes.
  • Conduct scientific research of organizational behavior or processes.
  • Prepare scientific or technical reports or presentations.
  • Testify at legal or legislative proceedings.
  • Collect information from people through observation, interviews, or surveys.
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O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 24.1 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

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