Industrial & Organizational Psychology

Industrial organizational psychology is an applied science that focuses on the study of employees, workplaces and organizations. Psychologists who practice in this subset of psychology use their skills to help ensure the success of a business or organization and the satisfaction of the employees who work for them.

Industrial organizational psychologists may be tasked with researching human behavior to help identify how employee actions and attitudes can affect their productivity. They also may be useful during the hiring process by identifying characteristics that may affect a potential employee’s performance.

The minimum of a bachelor’s degree is required to work in this field; however, over half of those currently employed as industrial organizational psychologists possess master’s degrees.

One third of all practicing industrial organizational psychologists in the United States are in the subfield of industrial organizational psychology, according to data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. They earn an average annual salary of $94,720.

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