Industrial Organizational Psychologists: What You Should Know

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Grand Canyon University’s College of Doctoral Studies offers the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in General Psychology with an Emphasis in Industrial and Organizational Psychology to prepare learners to work with leaders of businesses and organizations to improve workforce performance. Some of the areas of focus in this industrial organizational psychology program include factors that affect individual behavior, approaches to understanding thought processes and the construction of psychological tests.

While completing this program, learners explore a broad range of areas related to industrial organizational psychology, such as psychoanalysis, behaviorism, leadership psychology, human resource management and humanistic, transpersonal and existential (HTE) psychology. In addition to exploring a wide range of course topics, learners in this industrial organizational program obtain practical learning by completing Doctoral Residencies.

Graduates of this program may be prepared to pursue careers as psychologists, university teachers or researchers, consultants and industrial organizational psychologists. Industrial organizational psychologists combine psychology principles with organizational methods to solve issues that affect various areas of businesses and organizations. Some of the objectives that a professional in this field may have on the job include improving employee training and performance, optimizing business efficiency and increasing motivation and job happiness for employers and employees.

By focusing on both the human and operational aspects of an organization, industrial organizational psychologists can assess performance and efficiency to formulate suggestions that can both improve business outcomes and promote a positive culture in the workplace.

These psychologists work in a range of industries, such as government, research and development, manufacturing, business and education. However, they might also function as consultants, who can be hired to evaluate an organization’s performance and structure when needed.

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