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Industrial-Organizational Psychologist Job Description 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.

Industrial-Organizational Psychologist Responsibilities

  • Facilitate organizational development and change.
  • Review research literature to remain current on psychological science issues.
  • Conduct individual assessments, including interpreting measures and providing feedback for selection, placement, or promotion.
  • Observe and interview workers to obtain information about the physical, mental, and educational requirements of jobs as well as information about aspects such as job satisfaction.
  • Analyze job requirements and content to establish criteria for classification, selection, training, and other related personnel functions.
  • Assess employee performance.

Industrial-Organizational Psychologist Needed Skills

Below is a list of the skills most Industrial-Organizational Psychologists say are important on the job.

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Complex Problem Solving: Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

  • Team Leader/Research Psychologist
  • Senior Research Consultant
  • Organizational Psychologist
  • Organizational Effectiveness Director
  • Personnel Research Scientist

Industrial-Organizational Psychologist Employment Estimates

There were about 1,700 jobs for Industrial-Organizational Psychologist in 2016 (in the United States). New jobs are being produced at a rate of 5.9% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 100 new jobs for Industrial-Organizational Psychologist by 2026. Due to new job openings and attrition, there will be an average of 100 job openings in this field each year.


The states with the most job growth for Industrial-Organizational Psychologist are Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Watch out if you plan on working in Tennessee, Nebraska, or Idaho. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Industrial-Organizational Psychologist Salary

Industrial-Organizational Psychologists make between $51,350 and $192,150 a year.


Industrial-Organizational Psychologists who work in California, Virginia, or New Jersey, make the highest salaries.

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Industrial-Organizational Psychologists in different U.S. states.

State Annual Mean Salary
California $149,820
Massachusetts $75,660
Minnesota $114,990
New Jersey $119,700
Oklahoma $58,920
Pennsylvania $96,730
Virginia $126,220

What Tools do Industrial-Organizational Psychologists Use?

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Industrial-Organizational Psychologists may use on a daily basis:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Hypertext markup language HTML
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Web browser software
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Project
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat
  • Microsoft Visio
  • SAS
  • IBM SPSS Statistics
  • Oracle PeopleSoft
  • Human resource information system HRIS
  • Google Sheets
  • Muthen & Muthen MPlus
  • Scientific Software International HLM
  • Scientific Software International LISREL

How to Become an Industrial-Organizational Psychologist

Are there Industrial-Organizational Psychologists education requirements?


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Where Industrial-Organizational Psychologists Work


Industrial-Organizational Psychologists work in the following industries:



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