An industrial or organisational psychologist is responsible for improving the quality of work life and screening, training and counselling members of the work force. They may be responsible for researching the need for change or impact of change in the work place. This article will show you where you can find such a job.
A career in industrial psychology
To plan for a career in industrial psychology, business psychology or organisational psychology, first find out what training is required. The usual preparation for a psychologist job would be to study for a degree in psychology.
Research what industrial organisational psychology graduate programs are available, and in the UK, research Open University online study towards this qualification. Try Collegeboard.com or individual university websites.
Postgraduate specialism Further research in psychology and a Masters degree would guarantee a job in industrial or organisational psychology, because it would develop a specialist qualification. Masters courses tend to have a narrow focus, making you a specialist. Human resources management Work place psychologists are often responsible for researching processes of organisational development and for work place analysis. Sometimes, a position in HR will lead to training as an industrial psychologist. Work placement or internship in this department could lead to insight into the industrial psychologist role.
Where to look for industrial psychology work
Individuals with this training are considered essential in the contemporary workplace. Government and local government use trained psychologists and encourage employers to use them, whether as part of their organisation or as consultants. Search government websites and access their jobs pages.
Technical recruitment specialists There are thousands of job opportunities in industrial and organisational psychology, with the majority in the USA. For psychologist work in the USA, try Psychologyjobs.com or Siop.org, which also offers career support for psychologists. In UK, Njobs.co.uk or technical recruitment specialists, such as Goldgroup.co.uk can keep you in touch with jobs availability.
Join professional groups Membership of professional groups or subscription to career specific magazines enables you to see job advertisements when they are fresh.
Try Personnel Today, for instance, or Personnel Management, both of which have websites with jobs sections.
Global career prospects This is a career with global prospects and it is a shortage skill in Australia, for instance, and in South Africa. However, the overwhelming volume of job opportunities in industrial and organisational psychology is in America.