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Industrial-Organizational Psychologists - 19-3032.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Apply principles of psychology to human resources, administration, management, sales, and marketing problems. Activities may include policy planning; employee testing and selection, training and development; and organizational development and analysis. May work with management to organize the work setting to improve worker productivity.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Assessment Services Manager
  • Consultant
  • Consulting Psychologist
  • Industrial Psychologist
  • Industrial/Organizational Psychologist (I/O Psychologist)
  • Management Consultant
  • Organizational Consultant
  • Organizational Development Consultant (OD Consultant)
  • Organizational Psychologist
  • Research Scientist

SOC Occupation Groups

19-0000 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations
19-3000 Social Scientists and Related Workers
19-3030 Psychologists
19-3032.00 Industrial-Organizational Psychologists

Related Occupations


  • Advise management concerning personnel, managerial, and marketing policies and practices and their potential effects on organizational effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Analyze data, using statistical methods and applications, to evaluate the outcomes and effectiveness of workplace programs.
  • Analyze job requirements and content to establish criteria for classification, selection, training, and other related personnel functions.
  • Assess employee performance.
  • Coach senior executives and managers on leadership and performance.
  • Conduct individual assessments, including interpreting measures and providing feedback for selection, placement, or promotion.
  • Conduct presentations on research findings for clients or at research meetings.
  • Conduct research studies of physical work environments, organizational structures, communication systems, group interactions, morale, or motivation to assess organizational functioning.
  • Counsel workers about job and career-related issues.
  • Develop and implement employee selection or placement programs.
  • Develop interview techniques, rating scales, and psychological tests used to assess skills, abilities, and interests for the purpose of employee selection, placement, or promotion.
  • Develop new business by contacting potential clients, making sales presentations, and writing proposals.
  • Facilitate organizational development and change.
  • Formulate and implement training programs, applying principles of learning and individual differences.
  • Identify training and development needs.
  • Observe and interview workers to obtain information about the physical, mental, and educational requirements of jobs as well as information about aspects such as job satisfaction.
  • Participate in mediation and dispute resolution.
  • Provide advice on best practices and implementation for selection.
  • Provide expert testimony in employment lawsuits.
  • Review research literature to remain current on psychological science issues.
  • Study consumers' reactions to new products and package designs, and to advertising efforts, using surveys and tests.
  • Study organizational effectiveness, productivity, and efficiency, including the nature of workplace supervision and leadership.
  • Train clients to administer human resources functions including testing, selection, and performance management.
  • Write articles, white papers, or reports to share research findings and educate others.
  • Write reports on research findings and implications to contribute to general knowledge or to suggest potential changes in organizational functioning.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Administer standardized physical or psychological tests.
  • Advise others on business or operational matters.
  • Collect information from people through observation, interviews, or surveys.
  • Conduct scientific research of organizational behavior or processes.
  • Confer with clients to exchange information.
  • Counsel clients on mental health or personal achievement.
  • Develop educational programs.
  • Develop methods of social or economic research.
  • Mediate disputes.
  • Prepare scientific or technical reports or presentations.
  • Review professional literature to maintain professional knowledge.
  • Testify at legal or legislative proceedings.
  • Train personnel in technical or scientific procedures.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Career Counselor (Army - Enlisted)
  • Force Support (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Force Support, ABM (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Force Support, Airlift (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Force Support, Analyst (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Force Support, Bomber (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Force Support, C2ISREW (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Force Support, Fighter (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Force Support, General (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Force Support, Helicopter or EWO (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Force Support, RPA (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Force Support, Section Commander (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Force Support, Special Operations (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Force Support, Tanker (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Force Support, Trainer (if Prefix P) (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Force Support, Trainer Combat Systems Officer (CSO) (if Prefix N) (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Manpower (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Manpower Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Manpower Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Manpower Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Manpower Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Manpower Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Navy Counselor (Counselor) (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Navy Counselor (Recruiter) (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Personnel Research Officer (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Research Psychology (Army - Commissioned Officer only)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Psychologist, Engineering
  • Psychologist, Industrial-Organizational