I/O Talk Powerpoint

Dr. Mary Inman & Rebekah Givens
September 15, 2014
• What is IO Psychology and its subareas?
• Related Careers
• Job searching (determine what education is needed)
• What should I be doing now to prepare for those
-- Suggested Hope courses and experiences
• Undergraduate experiences (Rebekah Givens)
• Question/Answer
Industrial-Organizational Psychologists
apply psychological principles to work, to improve the dignity
and performance of workers, to improve work conditions, and
to advance the science of human behavior (Rucci, 2008)
I/Personnel Psychology
improve hiring, selection, evaluation, and training of
employees. Job satisfaction and motivation
O/Organizational Behavior
improve leadership, job satisfaction, motivation,
communication at work, conflict management, organizational
development & change, and group processes
Human Factors/Ergonomics
minimize stress at work: workplace design, human/machine
interaction, ergonomics, physical fatigue and stress
Some Job titles of careers related to IO psychology
Human resource director/assistant/representative
Staffing manager
IO psychologist*
Director of assessment, selection, training
Diversity specialist
Personnel manager
Research analyst*
Manager of leadership and development*
*need MA or PhD in IO psychology
visit www.onetonline.org (Occupational NETwork ONLINE)
for specific details
Step 1: Clarify your reasons for pursuing a graduate degree do you need one to do what you want to do? If you want to be a
psychologist, then you need to pursue a doctorate. If you want
to work with people in general, a bachelor’s degree may suffice.
Step 2: Resources:
◦ Read the resource books in the Psych secretary’s office.
◦ See information about psych careers at
http://hope.edu/psychology/related links and “career” links
◦ Visit http://www.onetonline.org/ to look see occupations,
skills, education needed, and job outlook for many careers
◦ Talk to profs in your area interest
◦ Job shadow careers of interest (see Joelle Fundaro at Career
See www.hope.edu/psych/students/career Is Graduate School for Me? Slides
IO Coursework
MBA Coursework
Statistics (1-2 more MA, PhD more)
Experimental Research
Business Research
Job Analysis
Organiz Behavior
Employee Selection & Psychometrics
Administrative Policy
Employee Training
Managerial Economics
Performance Appraisal
Organizational Psychology
Marketing Management
Managerial Accounting
MBA = Masters in business administration
Terminal Masters Degree (MA)
MA then PhD in IO
Want an applied job in an organization
Want to teach, do research, or
Less stringent entrance requirements, 3.5 gpa & More stringent entrance req,
high GRE score (Math 123). Varies see siop.org
better research facilities
`3 years
3 years MA, 2 more PhD
Internship & comprehensive final test
That & dissertation last 2 years
Employed mostly in private companies or
consulting firm, then public sector
Employed in education, private
companies, & consulting
Complete list of grad programs at www.siop.org
In 2006, median salary $72,000
Median $98,500
If wanting Organiz Beh PhD or Human Resources MA in BUSINESS school,
take Econ 211, 212, MGMT 222, Human Resources from Hope business
department…beyond your psych major. Drs. Stacy Jackson,
Peter Boumgarden, Marcus Fila (MA) are IO psych at Hope.
Careers needing only BA degree
• This advice is for psychology majors
• Take IO related psych courses: Social, IO, Statistics, Methods
• Take related nonpsych courses:
Communication Leadership (Comm 355, Fall)
Organizational Communication (Comm 330, Spring)
Econ 211 Macro Economics
Managemt 222 Perspectives on Management
Human Resources In the Business Dept (though prerequisites)
Business Computing Skills (or learn from Media Center in Library)
Look for a human resource internship here or in Philadelphia
Careers with MA or Phd in IO Psychology dept
Do the above AND
*Psych 390 Supervised Research in Psychology
*Advanced Statistics Course
*Math 123 to prepare for the math part of the GRE
dictionary.com for widening your vocabular
• Junior Year
o narrow down specific interests (interviews, job shadow)
o get actively involved in research (lab, psy390, independent
project, present research at a conference)
o study for GRE
o Make a resume & take related courses
o Start identifying graduate programs of interest
• Senior Year (if wanting graduate school the next year)
o compile list of programs that offer the degree you want
o apply to schools in Sept-Nov of Senior Year
o thoughtfully write your application essay
o October: take GRE and subjects tests
o finalize resume/CV
o ask letter writers early
Rebekah Givens’ experiences
Questions & answers….

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