Industrial Organizational Psychology is the application of the study of human behavior to the workplace.
(It can also be called Business Psychology or Work Psychology.)
The emphasis in Industrial Organizational Psychology merges Business, Communications, Health Science, and other fields with Psychology.
Industrial Organizational (IO) Psychologists make recommendations and implement improvements that enhance the effectiveness of organizations, help manage risk, and deliver improved business results. IO Psychologists can be found in academia, corporations, the government, and nonprofits as well as consulting firms. As you declare an IO Psychology Emphasis, we would encourage you to become a member of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP). The IO Psychology field has also partnered with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).
The future of IO Psychology is vibrant: the projected growth is much faster than average with 22% or higher, compared to the industry average of 14%.
The median wages as of 2014 is $36.99 hourly, $76,950 annual.
Graduate School: The IO Psychology Emphasis prepares you for coveted Masters degrees in: MIO, MHR, MBA, MOB, and MPA. Those Masters degrees are terminal degrees, meaning that you can have a full rewarding career without the need for more schooling. The IO Psychology Emphasis also prepares you for PhD degrees or Law School.
BYU-I IO Psychology Graduate School Network: We currently have a pipeline to Cornell University, Utah State University, Seattle Pacific University, University of South Florida, and the University of Oklahoma. A pipeline is like a conveyer belt where we have repeatedly placed students. Other students have gone to many different universities.
Jobs at the BS level: Alumni with a BS in IO Psychology Emphasis have gone on to work for Goldman Sachs, Walmart Headquarters, EBay Headquarters, Amazon, Qualtrics, etc.
Who hires IO Psychologists: Johnson & Johnson, Aon Hewitt, The Procter & Gamble Company, CEB, American Institutes for Research, Capital One, GAP Solutions, Inc., PepsiCo, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Marriott International, Verizon, Qualtrics, Pearson, The Walt Disney Company, KPMG, National Security Agency (NSA), Amazon, Fidelity Investments, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), etc.
Sample of job titles: Organizational Performance Director, Consulting Psychologist, Dean of Organizational Learning, Talent Manager, Performance and Succession Manager, Industrial Organizational Psychologist (IO Psychologist), Personnel Psychologist, Management Consultant, Organizational Development Consultant, Consumer Insight Director, Organizational Change Manager, etc.
Internships are not required, but can be helpful. Minors or clusters are not required, but also can be helpful; we advise you to look at Business, Statistics, Communications, Health Science, Theatre, and English.
The IO Psychology Emphasis:
For IO Psychology related internships contact Dr. Yohan Delton, available during his office hours in RKS 110.
The IO PSYCH LAB at BYU-I is located in the Rigby building, room 358. IO PSYCH LAB is dedicated to the spreading of kindness and compassion by running social experiments, creating training videos, and getting involved in humanitarian work psychology.
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IO Students doing research with orphan participants in the Ukraine via Skype:
(Research presented the BYU-I R&CW conference and the World Summit for Nobel Peace Laureates in Barcelona, Spain.)