Industrial-Organizational Psychology - Careers

The field of Industrial and Organizational (I-O) psychology is dedicated to applying psychology to people in the workplace. I-O psychologists try to understand and measure human behavior to improve employees' satisfaction with their work, improve employers' ability to select and promote the best people, and to generally make the workplace better for the men and women who work there. They do this by creating tests and by designing products such as training courses, selection procedures and surveys.

Industrial and organizational psychologists with master's degrees typically work in management consulting firms, human resource departments, or executive search organizations. Graduates from our MA program at Xavier University have worked in positions such as management consultant, organizational development specialist, human resources generalist, executive recruiter, and research analyst in organizations such as HCR Manor Care, Global LEAD Management Consulting, OKI Systems, Inc., Northstar Consulting, PeopleScout, and Good Samaritan Hospital.