Sometimes I find myself thinking about what I want to do when I graduate the Spring. I had my heart set on law school but sometimes question that decision. I always appreciate hearing about different career opportunities and paths, especially when they pay good (because school loan debt!). If you find yourself in the same position as me, you may be interested in learning more about industrial and organizational psychology.
Industrial and organizational psychology specializes in the study of human behavior in organizations and the work place. This branch of psychology focuses on deriving principles of individual, group and organizational behavior and applying this knowledge to the solution of problems at work. I/O psychologist seek to address issues such as, issues of recruitment, selection and placement, training and development, performance measurement, workplace motivation and reward systems, quality of work life, structure of work and human factors, organizational development and consumer behavior.
Duties that I/O psychologist are often tasked with include, recruiting and selecting employees, job training and development, maximizing wellness and quality of life, ergonomics, organizational development, and performance management and enhancement Cherry, 2019). Industrial and organization psychologist work in typical psychology environments such as, clinics, schools, and hospitals. They also work in large corporate or even small businesses and anywhere else morale and improved performance are goals.
In order to become an I/O psychologist you must first get your bachelors degree, preferably in psychology. Then you should earn a masters and even a PHD or PsyD. The minimum recommended degree to enter the field is a masters, however, to be competitive at the top levels, a PhD is often required (Writers, 2019). According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ current Occupational Outlook Handbook, the median national annual salary for industrial-organizational psychologists is $87,100. The top 10 % earned more than $184,520.
Of course salary varies with experience, as with many jobs. What are your thoughts on an I/O psychologist career? According to Penn State’s website, their I/O graduate program is continuously rated one of the top five I/O psychology doctoral programs in the nation. That is pretty awesome! If you plan on continuing your education and obtaining an I/O psychologist career, you can do so right at PSU!