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What is I-O Psychology?

The field of industrial/organizational (I-O) psychology is centered on understanding work from a psychological perspective. It will allow you to apply knowledge about psychology to organizations. 

The U. S. Department of Labor's new Dictionary of Occupational Titles informs us that I-O Psychology will be the fastest growing occupation between now and 2022. Here's the link to a brief story --

As an I-O psychologist, you can contribute to the success of organizations by improving employee performance and wellbeing. According to the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP), I-O psychologists assist organizations by:

  • Recruiting people that best fit the organization
  • Hiring better people
  • Retaining the best people
  • Developing fair, legal and efficient hiring practices
  • Improving the skills of the people within the organization
  • Creating a diverse, qualified workforce
  • Developing performance management systems
  • Minimizing absenteeism
  • Eliminating harassment and discrimination
  • Fostering a team environment
  • Increasing motivation and dedication

For information about the professional society (APA Division 14) please check out the website www.SIOP.org