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Industrial Organizational Psychology - Psychology Definition of the Week

By February 14, 2014

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Definition: Since it was recently announced that the Bureau of Labor Statistics has listed industrial organizational psychology as the fastest-growing career of the next decade in their most recent edition of the Occupational Outlook Handbook, I thought this would be the perfect time to focus on I-O psychology for our definition of the week.

What exactly is I-O psychology? It is an applied area that involves using psychological theories and principles to solve problems related to the workplace and organizations. As you probably already noticed, it is often referred to by its abbreviated form, I-O psychology. Some of the issues that an I-O psychologist might tackle include finding ways to increase worker productivity, selecting the most qualified employees for specific job roles, and improving the mental and physical well being of people in the workplace.

Learn more about the rapidly-growing field of industrial-organizational psychology.

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