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

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

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