Career Details

Organizational Development Specialist

Career Overview

An organizational development specialist is responsible for organizing orientation and leadership programs for an organization. In addition, they may spend time coaching leaders to help them to understand various workplace situations and how to best deal with them.


A master’s degree in industrial/organizational psychology, organizational behavior, business, or a related field may be required to obtain this position. A master's degree typically takes two-three years to earn after earning a four-year bachelor's degree.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$34,000 /yr
$59,000 /yr
$101,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Math - as much as possible!
  • Business
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Communication
  • Science - as much as possible, including psychology!
Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.

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Work Environment

An organizational development specialist may work for an organization that provides employment services, the government, or any organization large enough to justify having this position in-house. Candys, the specialist featured in the video, works for a healthcare system.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook

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