Education and Careers
For a company to be successful, it must operate smoothly and efficiently. When employees are happy and healthy at work, everyone wins. Conflicts, when they arise, are resolved quickly. And all this is at the heart of organizational psychology.
What They Do
Organizational psychologists apply psychological principles and research methods to the workplace. They get a feel for the personality of a company and the morale of employees, they collaborate with management to conduct screenings and training sessions, and they develop plans so that employees and managers can work effectively toward company goals.
They also help businesses hire the best employees, assess job performance, increase business efficiency, and study consumer behavior to improve marketing and increase sales. If this sounds like the kind of job you’d like, keep reading to learn what education and skills you’ll need to succeed.
Skills You Need
Learn which personality traits and professional skills you’ll need to be a successful organizational psychologist.
You should have…
- Good communication skills
- Desire to collaborate
- Goal-setting skills
- Ability to focus
- Motivational skills
How to Become an Organizational Psychologist
Licensing and certification guidelines for school psychologists vary by state. Make sure to check the guidelines in your state before you start your studies.
Get a Bachelor’s Degree
Earn an undergraduate degree with a psychology major. However, this is just the first step because psychologists ultimately need a doctoral degree.
Earn a Master’s Degree
A master’s degree in psychology is the next step. Here you’ll deepen your knowledge, and get theoretical and hands-on experience.
Get a Doctoral Degree
While not always required, some people will want a PhD or PsyD to truly excel. A doctorate will require written and oral exams, and a dissertation presenting your original research.
Supervised Work Experience
To become an organizational psychologist, you’ll need supervised work experience. The number of hours of this supervision will depend on your state’s requirements.
Pass the Psychology Exam
You will need to pass the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology. If you have any questions, contact the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards.
Apply for Licensure in Your State
In order to practice psychology, you must be licensed by your state psychology board. Most states require approximately two years of supervised experience after your PhD.
Organizational psychologists certainly make a great salary. But salaries can vary a lot based on location, years of experience and a variety of other factors.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2016-17 Occupational Outlook Handbook.
*The salary information listed is based on a national average, unless noted. Actual salaries may vary greatly based on specialization within the field, location, years of experience and a variety of other factors. National long-term projections of employment growth may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.
Employment of psychologists is expected to grow 19 percent between 2014 and 2024. National long-term projections of employment growth may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.
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