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 2016 was $104,570 per year.
Where They Work:
Factories, plants and construction sites
Company human resource departments
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 November 2018