Industrial-Organizational Psychologists


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 called: Consultant, Industrial Psychologist, Industrial/Organizational Psychologist (I/O Psychologist), Organizational Psychologist

Knowledge:

    Math and Science
  • psychology
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
    Business
  • human resources (HR)
  • management
    Arts and Humanities
  • English language
    Education and Training
  • teaching and course design

Skills:

    Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • reading work related information
    Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
    People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it

Abilites:

    Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • communicate by writing
    Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • notice when problems happen
    Math
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide

Personality:

Description: People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
    They do well at jobs that need
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Initiative
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Achievement/Effort
  • Leadership

Technology:

    Analytical or scientific software
  • IBM SPSS Statistics
  • SAS
    Spreadsheet software
  • Google Sheets
  • Microsoft Excel
    Human resources software
  • Human resource information system HRIS

Education:

    doctoral degree
    master's degree
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