Also known as Consulting Psychologist, Industrial Psychologist, Industrial/Organizational Psychologist (I/O Psychologist), Management Consultant, Organizational Consultant, Organizational Development Consultant (OD Consultant), Organizational Psychologist, Research Scientist
Also known as Consulting Psychologist, Industrial Psychologist, Industrial/Organizational Psychologist (I/O Psychologist)
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Industrial Organizational Psychologists apply principles of psychology to human resources, administration, management, sales, and marketing problems.
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Industrial Organizational Psychologists are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:
The above responsibilities are specific to Industrial Organizational Psychologists. More generally, Industrial Organizational Psychologists are involved in several broader types of activities:
The median salary for an Industrial Organizational Psychologist is $96,270, and the average salary is $112,690. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Industrial Organizational Psychologist salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.
Many Industrial Organizational Psychologists earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Industrial Organizational Psychologists earn less than $57,440 per year, 25% earn less than $69,780, 75% earn less than $137,930, and 90% earn less than $192,800.
Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Industrial Organizational Psychologists is expected to change by 2.0%, and there should be roughly 300 open positions for Industrial Organizational Psychologists every year.
Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.
Compared to most occupations, those who work as an Industrial Organizational Psychologist are usually higher in their Investigative, Enterprising, and Social interests.
Industrial Organizational Psychologists typically have very strong Investigative interests. Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
Also, Industrial Organizational Psychologists typically have strong Enterprising interests. Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
Lastly, Industrial Organizational Psychologists typically have moderate Social interests. Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
Industrial Organizational Psychologists typically have moderate Artistic interests. Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.
Compared to most people, those working as an Industrial Organizational Psychologist tend to value Working Conditions, Relationships, and Independence.
Most importantly, Industrial Organizational Psychologists very strongly value Working Conditions. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions.
Second, Industrial Organizational Psychologists very strongly value Relationships. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.
Lastly, Industrial Organizational Psychologists strongly value Independence. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions.
Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.
In order to perform their job successfully, people who work as Industrial Organizational Psychologists must consistently demonstrate qualities such as analytical thinking, initiative, and integrity.
Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Industrial Organizational Psychologists, ranked by importance:
Many Industrial Organizational Psychologists have earned a graduate degree. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a doctoral degree, such as a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D..
Industrial Organizational Psychologists may need some on-the-job training, but most candidates will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.
Industrial Organizational Psychologists may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as psychology, personnel and human resources, or administration and management knowledge.
The list below shows several areas in which most Industrial Organizational Psychologists might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.
Industrial Organizational Psychologists must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.
For example, Industrial Organizational Psychologists need abilities such as oral comprehension, written comprehension, and oral expression in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Industrial Organizational Psychologists, ranked by their relative importance.
Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.
Industrial Organizational Psychologists frequently use skills like reading comprehension, active listening, and judgment and decision making to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Industrial Organizational Psychologists, ranked by their relative importance.
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