Industrial-Organizational Psychologists


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+2.5% (slower than the average)

Most Common Level of Education

Master's degree


What Industrial-Organizational Psychologists 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.

Other Job Titles Industrial-Organizational Psychologists May Have

Consulting Psychologist, Industrial Psychologist, Industrial/Organizational Psychologist (I/O Psychologist), Management Consultant, Organizational Consultant, Organizational Development Consultant (OD Consultant), Organizational Psychologist, Research Scientist

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Principal Research Psychologist ,

ACT, Inc.

Some combination of independent work (e.g., reading research literature, contributing to a research report) and work with project teams to address a problem (e.g., solutions for students who are at risk of dropping out of school). The day would likely include a variety of meetings and switching from one topic/project to another.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Formulate and implement training programs, applying principles of learning and individual differences.
  • Conduct research studies of physical work environments, organizational structures, communication systems, group interactions, morale, or motivation to assess organizational functioning.
  • Conduct presentations on research findings for clients or at research meetings.
  • Provide expert testimony in employment lawsuits.
  • Study consumers' reactions to new products and package designs, and to advertising efforts, using surveys and tests.

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