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So you want to be an I/O Psychologist?

So you want to be an I/O Psychologist?

Since I teach in the Industrial and Organizational MA Program at New York University, I often get asked to describe the field. I/O Psychology might sound like a narrow field of study and practice, but in fact it's quite broad, encompassing topics as from individual motivation in the workplace to team dynamics to organizational culture change. I/O is also a growing field, and the annual conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology attracts thousands of attendees each year.

In addition to teaching in Universities and Colleges, I/O Psychologists work as trainers, facilitators, assessors, coaches, and consultants, and work in human resources, leadership or organizational development departments within companies and organizations, or as external consultants in firms large or small.  

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I/O Psychology has a bright future as the workplace becomes more knowledge-based, team-focused, diverse and international, there is a growing need for I/O Psychologists who can help organizations decide whom to hire, how roles should be structured, how teams should be designed, and how talent should be assessed and developed on an ongoing basis.

Here are some additional links:

Overview of I/O Psychology on Wikipedia

The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP)

SIOP's guide to graduate study in I/O

The Metro NY Association of Applied Psychology (METRO)

I'm always happy to answer any questions about I/O Psychology, and you can feel free to email me directly any time at

Ben Dattner, Ph.D., is a workplace consultant, an industrial and organizational psychologist, and an adjunct professor at New York University.


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