Department of Psychological Sciences

Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Industrial and Organizational (I-O) psychology focuses on understanding, predicting, and modifying behavior in organizational settings, typically, but not limited to, work environments. I-O psychologists are primarily involved in such activities as employee selection, placement, training, motivation, and evaluation; development of tests and other psychological measures; organizational diagnosis and development; improvement of leadership and communication within; and job and workplace design. I-O psychology requires a high level of sophistication in research design, measurement theory, quantitative methods, and behavioral science principles.

It is an exciting time for I-O Psychology! In 2014, The Bureau of Labor and Statistics lists I-O Psychologists as one of the top fastest growing occupations. 

Please refer to the Occupational Outlook Handbook for more information about I-O psychologists and review this Powerpoint from SIOP's Visibility Committee.


To learn more about I-O Psychology, select the additional resources links below provided by the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP)

Last Updated: August 31, 2020