What Do I-O Psychologists Really Do?
Sometimes one of the most difficult things for Industrial-Organizational (I-O) psychologists to explain to non-I-O psychologists is what exactly it is that they do.
The field of I-O psychology is, in fact, a varied one, encompassing almost any aspect of the workplace and people within organizations. I-O psychologists’ job titles and employment environments can be even more varied—ranging from employment consultants in private firms to testing and assessment experts in government agencies to human factors professors in University or research settings. (For a PDF explaining potential job titles of I-O psychologists, read “What’s in a Name?” here. For informational brochures about I-O, click here.)
The following are editions of SIOP's new series, Psychology at Work, a list of member profiles related to better explaining the myriad career paths and research interests explored by SIOP members as well as the numerous contributions and innovations the field of I-O psychology has made to the workplace. For each profile, we delve into the job of a SIOP member to gain a greater depth of insight into what they do, who they work with, how their work affects others, and why they believe I-O psychology matters.
This series has just recently launched, but we will be adding more profiles as time goes by to the series website, www.siop.org/psychatwork.aspx, so check back frequently to read more! You can read the first three profiles in the series below: