What to expect in business psychology and what are possible careers?
I'm currently a high school senior, and I'm interested in business psychology. What courses and topics should I expect once I enter college, and what are the career paths for this? Aside from that, what resources can I refer to or activities I should do to help me prepare for what's ahead?
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Business psychology seems to focus on improving work life to encourage sustainable and productive performance for the company as a whole as well as individual employees. One class I have taken called Ethics & Diversity in Psychology offered valuable information on inclusivity and diversity in the work place. I believe a similar class would be beneficial in gaining understanding of human behavior in professional settings.
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It sounds like you're someone who wants to help companies maximize efficiency and effectiveness. Organizational psychologists use research methods to increase productivity, improve morale, and solve issues in the workplace. As an organizational psychologist you will develop training programs and most likely be involved in recruiting and the hiring processes. You'll basically help your employer understand what motivates their staff so they can work to improve their environment. Typically you need a master's degree to be a organizational psychologists.
You'll take courses that deal with training and development, recruitment, organizational structure, industrial psychology and performance appraisal as well as courses in principles of management. Since organizational psychologists rely on data to make important decisions, courses will also include accounting and finance along with management, marketing principals and information systems.
Again, industrial-organizational psychologists typically need at least a master’s degree so you'll have more opportunities if after your bachelor's you seek your Master's Degree. From there you might even consider Doctoral Degree.
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1). Management development and employee training, employee performance evaluations, employee personal development, consultation services, behavioral and organizational assessments, fair hiring practices (affirmative action objectives), and employee relations.
You will also be responsible for screening, interviewing, and hiring new employees, organizing employee training, addressing co-worker conflicts and employee-management conflicts.
2). Responsible for studying the current conditions of the marketplace to determine how well or not so well a particular product or service might sell. For example, a market research analyst hired by a children’s toy company might be asked to assess the economic climate for a new toy that’s in the works. To do so, the analyst might examine demographic and economic data that gives the toy company an idea of what ages of children might be interested in the new toy and the price at which parents would be willing to purchase it.
3). As a corporate consultant, you would lean on your understanding of business psychology to help corporations make positive changes that result in improved performance. For example, if the productivity of employees has become an issue, you might develop a program that helps boost employee morale by learning what motivates them to succeed. This might take the form of offering employee bonuses to encourage employees to be more efficient and meet goals more quickly.
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MSc in Organisational and Business Psychology | University of Liverpool Online.
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