On the Job
Industrial-Organizational Psychologists use psychology to study human resources, administration, management, sales, and marketing problems. They may help to plan policies, provide training and development, and solve organizational problems.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Collect information from people through observation, interviews, or surveys.
- Conduct scientific research of organizational behavior or processes.
- Testify at legal or legislative proceedings.
- Advise others on business or operational matters.
- Counsel clients on mental health or personal achievement.
- Confer with clients to exchange information.
- Review professional literature to maintain professional knowledge.
- Train personnel in technical or scientific procedures.
- Develop educational programs.
- Develop methods of social or economic research.
Typical Working Conditions
- Using e-mail.
- The freedom to determine tasks, priorities, and goals.
- Freedom to make decisions without supervision.
- Working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions.
- Working with a group or team.
- Responsibility for outcomes and results.
- Meeting strict deadlines.
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