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Industrial-Organizational Psychologist

Overview: Industrial-organizational psychologists conduct studies to assess organization's human resource management programs, management practices and design of jobs. They design programs to enhance employee motivation, productivity and quality of work. They conduct studies to improve training and development of employees.
Duties: They design and conduct employee opinion surveys to measure employees' perceptions of the quality of their jobs, management leadership styles, performance appraisal and reward systems.

They conduct experiments to identify which work methods, management practices and team-building techniques result in the optimum productivity and quality of work.

They design employee job skills training and career development planning programs to assure organizations can promote from within. Design methods to evaluate potential managers.

They recommend to executives how organizational structure, goal setting methods and decision making processes should be designed to enable the company to adapt to changing business conditions.

Degree(s): A.A.S. Management: Marketing Concentration 
A.A.S. Management: Real Estate-Insurance Concentration 
A.S. Business Administration (Accounting and Marketing) 
Job Outlook: Employment of Industrial-Organizational Psychologists is expected to grow as fast as average through 2018. Industrial-organizational psychologists will help companies deal with issues such as workplace diversity and antidiscrimination policies and improve worker productivity and retention.
Salary Range (National Average): $38,000 ro $50,000
Growth: Growth
Education Level: Candidates for this occupation generally have completed their Bachelor’s Degree and have continued their education either 1 or 2 years longer.
Additional Training/Education: A master's or a doctorate's degree is generally required for employment as an industrial/organizational psychologist. To provide services as a practicing psychologist, licensing is required in most states.
Recommended Skills:
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • Ability to identify a problem, review related information, develop and evaluate options, and implement a solution.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Being aware of the reactions of others, and understanding why they react the way they do.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Doing something to contribute to the betterment of the world. Doing something for the greater good.
  • Create new ideas, programs, things, or anything else not previously developed by another person.
  • Having a level of income that will afford you with luxuries, and which will allow you to become financially independent.
  • Being able to decide on how to get something done without significant direction from someone else.
  • Gaining the respect of others by the nature and/or level of responsibility of your work.
 

* National data collected by the Department of Labor between 2008-2012.
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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.