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About the Program

What is I/O Psychology?

Industrial/Organizational (I/O) psychology is the scientific investigation of human behavior in the workplace. I/O psychologists apply their knowledge of human behavior and the scientific method to better understand and develop solutions to critical issues faced by organizations including:

  • Talent management
  • Employee selection
  • Coaching and training
  • Assessment
  • Organizational development
  • Work-life balance
  • Employee engagement
  • Leadership

I/O psychology embraces a scientist-practitioner model which means that the jobs I/O psychologists have are generally concerned with either performing scientific research to gain new knowledge or the practice of applying knowledge in organizations to solve real world problems, such as improving job performance, reducing job stress, maintaining worker safety, developing leaders, and increasing employee engagement.

The future of I/O psychology is extremely healthy. In fact, a 2014 study by the Bureau of Labor Statistics identified I/O psychologist as the fastest growing occupation in the U.S. You can read about the study here

Where can I find more information about I/O psychology?

To help you learn more about the field of I/O psychology, we’ve compiled a list of useful resources. We encourage you to explore them.