According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics from 2014-2024, industrial-organizational psychologists are projected to see a much-faster-than-average growth of 19%. Students interested in this field can find undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as certificate options. However, the BLS reports that at least a master's degree is needed to work as an industrial/organizational psychologist. Students generally take core psychology and statistics courses before taking electives and embarking on research, a thesis or a dissertation.
Here is an outline of common concepts explored in organizational psychology courses:
- Scientific investigation
- Behavior within organizations
- Conflict management strategies
- The role of attitude and motivation in the workplace
- Understanding the complexity of cultural diversity
List of Courses
Organizational Behavior Course
This is an introductory course to organizational psychology. Students study behaviors in an organization environment. Topics covered may include team building, leadership, employee motivation and job satisfaction. Organizational change and reaction to change are also studied.
Psychology in the Workplace Course
A master's level course on psychology in the workplace addresses how people interact in an organization. Topics covered include how employees are selected, trained and managed. Employee performance evaluations and ethical considerations are also studied. This course offers an examination of how to determine the needs of employees and how to provide the proper training and management to create an effective work environment.
Organizational Leadership Course
Leadership theories are explored in this course. Students learn about leadership during the process of organization change, various leadership roles and what makes a leader effective within an organization. Leadership training and development are also covered. This course is offered in master's and doctorate programs, usually towards the middle of a program.
Measurements and Testing Course
This course is typically found in the middle of master's programs. Students learn about the types of tests used in organizational settings and the theories associated with such tests. Measuring processes and procedures are examined, along the steps taken to develop measurements. Methods for evaluation of measuring tools and test quality are also taught in this course.
Cross-Cultural Issues Course
This graduate course studies problems in the organizational setting that involve cultural issues. The impact of culture on communication, decision-making, structure and characteristics within an organization is examined. Research methods, tests and measurements are used to further study and investigate cultural workplace issues.