Industrial/Organizational Psychology (M.S.)

The Profession


Master’s degree industrial-organizational psychologists work in many different settings, including consulting, business and government. This flexibility increases their marketability and has resulted in a steady annual increase in the demand for individuals with this degree.

Master’s degree industrial-organizational psychologists also have the option of pursuing a doctoral degree in their field, opening up many other employment opportunities.

Growing profession

While still a small field in the United States, industrial-organizational psychology is projected to be one of the fastest growing occupations in the country. Based on estimated employment figures and projections through 2022 published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, industrial-organizational psychology is expected to grow 53 percent.

In 2012, 1,600 I-O psychologists were employed. It is projected that in 2022, 2,500 I-O psychologists will be employed. The use of psychology is expected to increase across the nation as individuals and institutions look for help in solving or managing problems.

I-O psychologists address issues relating to workplace productivity, organizational developments and employee screening. 


To learn more about Industrial-Organizational Psychology (I-O Psychology) visit the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology (SIOP) website. SIOP has created a video to explain more about the I-O Psychology profession. 

To learn more about Minnesota Professional Psychology Applied to Work (MPPAW) visit the MPPAW website.

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