Industrial-Organizational Psychologists
SOC: 19-3032.00


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.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
2,000 employed

Projected (2024):
2,300 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Assessment Services Manager
  • Assistant Vice President, Assessment Solutions
  • Consultant
  • Consulting Hr Professional
  • Consulting Psychologist
  • Corporate Director, Talent Assessment
  • Customer Leader
  • Director, Learning and Development
  • Director, Learning Services
  • Director, Selection and Administration
  • Director, Selection, Classification, Compensation
  • Engineering Psychologist
  • Executive Coach
  • Human Performance Consultant
  • Human Resources Consultant (HR Consultant)
  • Human Resources Psychologist
  • Industrial Psychologist
  • Industrial/Organizational Psychologist (I/O Psychologist)
  • Instructional Systems Design Consultant (ISD Consultant)
  • Internal Consultant
  • Management Consultant
  • Management Psychologist
  • Manager of Selection and Assessment
  • Manager, Personnel Selection
  • Occupational Psychologist
  • Organizational Consultant
  • Organizational Development Consultant
  • Organizational Development Director
  • Organizational Development Manager
  • Organizational Development Specialist
  • Organizational Effectiveness Consultant, Talent Development Team
  • Organizational Effectiveness Director
  • Organizational Psychologist
  • Organizational Research Consultant
  • Personnel Psychologist
  • Personnel Research Psychologist
  • Personnel Research Scientist
  • Policy Advisor
  • Policy Officer
  • Program Evaluation Consultant
  • Research Psychologist
  • Research Scientist
  • Second VP, HR Assessment
  • Senior Behavioral Scientist
  • Senior Consultant
  • Senior Research Consultant
  • Senior Research Fellow
  • Staffing Consultant
  • Team Leader/Research Psychologist
  • Testing Projects Administrator
  • Vice President Talent Management
  • Vice President, Consulting Services
  • Vice President, Global Organizational Effectiveness
  • Vice President, Talent Management

  • Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed


    Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.


    Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).

    Job Training:

    Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Develop and implement employee selection and placement programs.
  • Analyze job requirements and content to establish criteria for classification, selection, training, and other related personnel functions.
  • 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.
  • Write reports on research findings and implications to contribute to general knowledge and to suggest potential changes in organizational functioning.
  • Advise management concerning personnel, managerial, and marketing policies and practices and their potential effects on organizational effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Identify training and development needs.
  • Conduct research studies of physical work environments, organizational structures, communication systems, group interactions, morale, and motivation to assess organizational functioning.
  • Formulate and implement training programs, applying principles of learning and individual differences.
  • Develop interview techniques, rating scales, and psychological tests used to assess skills, abilities, and interests for the purpose of employee selection, placement, and promotion.
  • Assess employee performance.
  • Study organizational effectiveness, productivity, and efficiency, including the nature of workplace supervision and leadership.
  • Facilitate organizational development and change.
  • Analyze data, using statistical methods and applications, to evaluate the outcomes and effectiveness of workplace programs.
  • Counsel workers about job and career-related issues.
  • Study consumers' reactions to new products and package designs, and to advertising efforts, using surveys and tests.
  • Participate in mediation and dispute resolution.
  • Conduct presentations on research findings for clients and at research meetings.
  • Provide expert testimony in employment lawsuits.
  • Review research literature to remain current on psychological science issues.
  • Conduct individual assessments, including interpreting measures and providing feedback for selection, placement, and promotion.
  • Write articles, white papers, and reports to share research findings and educate others.
  • Develop new business by contacting potential clients, making sales presentations, and writing proposals.
  • Train clients to administer human resources functions including testing, selection, and performance management.
  • Coach senior executives and managers on leadership and performance.
  • Provide advice on best practices and implementation for selection.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Data input scanners
  • Desktop computers
  • Laptop computers
  • Liquid crystal display LCD video projectors
  • Personal computers
  • Universal serial bus USB flash drives
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat software
  • Assessment Systems Corporation XCALIBRE
  • Google Sheets
  • Human resource information system HRIS software
  • Hypertext markup language HTML
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Project
  • Microsoft Visio
  • Microsoft Word
  • Muthen & Muthen MPlus
  • Oracle PeopleSoft software
  • Psychometric testing software
  • SAS software
  • Scientific Software International BILOG-MG
  • Scientific Software International HLM
  • Scientific Software International LISREL
  • Scientific Software International MULTILOG
  • Scientific Software International PARSCALE
  • Scientific Software International TESTFACT
  • SPSS software
  • Web browser software
  • Winsteps

  • life physical and social science

    industry stats

    SOC: 19-0000

    Total Employed: 1,146,110

    Average Annual Salary: $71,220