Industrial/Organizational (I/0) Psychology Careers that Require a Graduate Degree in Psychology

Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology Careers--PhD Degree in Psychology

In what ways can I use my Psychology degree to pursue a career with a PhD Degree in I/O Psychology?

Having your Psychology degree can lead to a career in Industrial Organizational (IO) Psychology with a PhD degree. I/O Psychologists are trained to help organizations (e.g., companies) run in a more efficient manner. For example, as a PhD you will be trained in research methods (e.g., observation of working styles, survey data collection) that lead to data. This data is then used to help determine who should be in an organization, make sure employeees and employers communicate effectively, improve productivity, and resolve conflicts. With your PhD you can continue to conduct research as part of a university, choose to work for a business, or work as a private consultant. Keep in mind that with a PhD degree you will typically have more responsibility than a Master's degree IO Psychologist; the PhDs will be the "decision makers".

To earn a PhD you must have a Master's Degree, either from another school or the same school. It usually requires 4-6 years of graduate school for an individual to complete his or her dissertation (research project). At many schools you do NOT pay tuition. In addition, you receive a stipend, a form of salary for serving as a Teaching Assistant (TA) or Research Assistant (RA).

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apa.org lists the median yearly income for a PhD in I/O Psychology at $125,000.

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Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology Careers--Master's Degree in Psychology

How to use your Psychology degree for a career with a Master's Degree in I/O Psychology

An increasing number of undergraduate are using their Psychology degree to move forward in the exciting field of Industrial Organizational (IO) Psychology. To put it simply, an I/O Psychologist helps organizations (e.g., companies, corporations) run more efficiently. Keep in mind that for organizations to run efficiently a lot of variables must fall into place. Through various types of research methods (e.g., observation of working styles, survey data collection) IO Psychologists work to determine who should be in an organization, make sure employeees and employers communicate effectively, improve productivity, and resolve conflicts. I/O Psychologists can be hired as part of an organization, or can be hired as a private consultant. In addition, keep in mind that with a Master's in IO Psychology you will be trained to be an I/O professional. That is, you will know how to apply the principles of I/O psychology

Earning a Master's degree usually requires 2 years of graduate school--you will complete a Master's thesis (research project). Keep in mind that it is likely that you will have to pay your own tuition, and that there will be only limited finacial support. Still, a Master's degree tends to offer greater job opportunities and greater salary than a Bachelor’s degree.

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With a Master's degree in I/O Psychology you will earn less than the amount  apa lists for the median yearly income for a PhD in I/O Psychology of $125,000.

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