Career Details

Research Scientist


Career Overview

Industrial/Organizational psychologists (as seen in this video) research human behavior in the workplace, including how people interact with tools and systems in the workplace (known as Human Factors Psychology). Their job may include designing research studies, collecting data, and evaluating this data in order to improve efficiency in the work environment.


A master's or doctoral degree in industrial/organizational psychology, human factors, or a related field is likely required for this position. A master's degree typically takes about two-three years of work after earning a four-year bachelor's degree. A doctorate may take an additional two-three years of work after the master's degree is earned, depending on the specific program.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$50,000 /yr
$80,000 /yr
$140,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Business
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Public Speaking
  • Math - as much as possible, including statistics!
  • Science - as much as possible, including biology and psychology!
Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks excellent over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist. Make sure you do well in your undergraduate program so you can be accepted into a graduate program - opportunities are best for those with graduate degrees!

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Work Environment

Industrial/Organizational Psychologists who do research typically work in businesses, consulting firms, universities, or for the government.


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

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