Industrial organizational (I/O) psychology is the scientific study of the workplace. Rigor and methods of psychology are applied to issues of critical relevance to business, including talent management, coaching, assessment, selection, training, organizational development, performance, and work-life balance.
Traditional I/O topics include: statistics and research methods, assessment and selection, training, performance appraisal, team dynamics and team performance, motivation and self regulation, testing, affect and emotion at work, employee attitudes and values. These are all core topics in Florida Tech’s I/O curriculum.
I/O is the 9th fastest growing job in the country and the 10th highest paying (US Bureau of Labor Stats, 2011).
I/O Psychologists can find exceptional career opportunities in industry, consulting, research and academia. Sample job titles include: Consultant, Talent Management Specialist, Manager of Human Capital Analytics, Research Analyst, Director of Organizational Development, Manager of Leadership Development Program and the list goes on.
I/O psychologists provide needed human capital management to organizations. I/O psychologists help individuals by testing and selecting the people who best fit the job. They develop and provide critical training and performance measurement systems, and develop programs that can improve employees’ quality of work life. I/O psychologists are also expanding their reach and contributing to solving social and humanitarian problems.
The workplace is undergoing rapid transformation. The global economy and increase in technology of all kinds are dramatically changing the nature of work and jobs. As workplace scientists, I/O psychologists play a key role in helping organizations and employees adapt and prosper.
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