What is I-O Psychology?
The field of Industrial-Organizational (I-O) Psychology is centered around understanding work from a psychological perspective. It will allow you to apply knowledge about psychology to organizations.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Information Network (O*NET), the occupation of I-O Psychologist continues to have a "bright outlook," meaning it is expected to grow rapidly in the next several years (click here to read more).
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 study and practice of I-O Psychology and our professional society (Division 14 of the American Psychological Association), check out the website www.SIOP.org