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Industrial-Organizational Psychologist

What they do:

Companies hire industrial-organizational psychologists to improve work performance, job satisfaction, and skills training. This person is responsible for managing and developing a range of programs, including hiring systems, performance measurement, and health-and-safety policies.

The ability to assess an organization’s structural efficiency will serve you well in this field. An industrial-organizational psychologist must work well with corporate clients to identify areas for improvement and increased profitability.


  • Bachelor’s Degree (4 years)

  • Master’s Degree (2 years)

  • PhD or PsyD (2-4 years)

What they make:

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for industrial-organizational psychologists in 2015 was $77,350 and the median hourly wage in 2015 was $37.19. Annual salaries in 2015 ranged from $52,270 to $158,990.

Where they work:

  • Factories, plants and construction sites

  • Office buildings

  • Company human resource departments

  • Independent consultants


While not new, this lesser-known job tops the Bureau of Labor Statistic’s list of the fastest-growing occupations. Chalk it up to its track record of success; surveys show the position effectively boosts work performance and improves employee retention rates. The projected job growth for industrial-organizational psychologists through 2022 is 53%.



Updated February 2017