What does an industry/organizational psychologist do in a typical day?
I am interested in IO psychology, but here's what's holding me back: I don't know if I'll have a steady job at a place like Google or Microsoft, or if I'll have to keep going from place to place every month or so for new gigs. #psychology #business #clinical-psychology #psychology #clinical-psychology #industrypsychology
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I work in Human Resources in Learning & Development and have worked for Organizational Psychologists before. To get an overview of what they do, you can Google "Organizational Psychology Job Description: What You’ll Do" and find some good resources. In the companies that I've worked for, they have worked on projects to re-organize the company's departments, help large numbers of employees adapt to change in their work place (doing work differently, using technology more effectively, etc.). Each day brings new challenges either in designing solutions to help people or working with members of a team of HR employees on a big projects taking months (sometimes a year or more). The rest of the company often looks to these experts to help them solve complex people problems.
And about having a steady job...it's up to you. You can work as an employee in a large corporation to the work or you can work for a consulting firm full-time that provides IO expertise or after you gain some experience you work as an individual consultant that gets hired for projects a few months at a time. Don't hold back! If you love the field of IO and apply yourself, there are many options to work. Go to LinkedIn and search for jobs as if you already have a degree, you can see what companies are looking for in their open IO job positions.