CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Industrial-Organizational Psychologists

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Psychology
Benchmark Title: Industrial-Organizational Psychologists
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Apply principles of psychology to human resources, administration, management, sales, and marketing problems. Activities may include policy planning; employee testing and selection, training and development; and organizational development and analysis. May work with management to organize the work setting to improve worker productivity. Develop and implement employee selection and placement programs.
 
Analyze job requirements and content to establish criteria for classification, selection, training, and other related personnel functions.
 
Observe and interview workers to obtain information about the physical, mental, and educational requirements of jobs as well as information about aspects such as job satisfaction.
 
Write reports on research findings and implications to contribute to general knowledge and to suggest potential changes in organizational functioning.
 
Advise management concerning personnel, managerial, and marketing policies and practices and their potential effects on organizational effectiveness and efficiency.
 
Identify training and development needs.
 
Conduct research studies of physical work environments, organizational structures, communication systems, group interactions, morale, and motivation to assess organizational functioning.
 
Formulate and implement training programs, applying principles of learning and individual differences.
 
Develop interview techniques, rating scales, and psychological tests used to assess skills, abilities, and interests for the purpose of employee selection, placement, and promotion.
 
Assess employee performance.
 
Study organizational effectiveness, productivity, and efficiency, including the nature of workplace supervision and leadership.
 
Facilitate organizational development and change.
 
Analyze data, using statistical methods and applications, to evaluate the outcomes and effectiveness of workplace programs.
 
Counsel workers about job and career-related issues.
 
Study consumers' reactions to new products and package designs, and to advertising efforts, using surveys and tests.
 
Participate in mediation and dispute resolution.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Psychology
Benchmark Title: Industrial-Organizational Psychologists
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Psychology Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
 
Personnel and Human Resources Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
Sociology and Anthropology Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
 
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 
Communications and Media Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
 
Law and Government Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
 
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
Therapy and Counseling Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
 
Sales and Marketing Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Psychology
Benchmark Title: Industrial-Organizational Psychologists
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Systems Evaluation Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
 
Science Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
 
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
 
Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
Operations Analysis Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Programming Writing computer programs for various purposes.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Psychology
Benchmark Title: Industrial-Organizational Psychologists
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Mathematical Reasoning The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
 
Number Facility The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Speed of Closure The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Psychology
Benchmark Title: Industrial-Organizational Psychologists
 
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat software Document management software
 
Assessment Systems Corporation XCALIBRE Analytical or scientific software
 
Human resource information system HRIS software Human resources software
 
Hypertext markup language HTML Web platform development software
 
Microsoft Access Data base user interface and query software
 
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
 
Microsoft Office Visio Charting software
 
Microsoft Office software Office suite software
 
Microsoft Outlook Electronic mail software
 
Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation software
 
Microsoft Project Project management software
 
Microsoft Word Word processing software
 
Muthen & Muthen MPlus Analytical or scientific software
 
Oracle PeopleSoft Enterprise resource planning ERP software
 
Psychometric testing software Analytical or scientific software
 
SAS software Analytical or scientific software
 
SPSS software Analytical or scientific software
 
Scientific Software International BILOG-MG Analytical or scientific software
 
Scientific Software International HLM Analytical or scientific software
 
Scientific Software International LISREL Analytical or scientific software
 
Scientific Software International MULTILOG Analytical or scientific software
 
Scientific Software International PARSCALE Analytical or scientific software
 
Scientific Software International TESTFACT Analytical or scientific software
 
Web browser software Internet browser software
 
Winsteps Analytical or scientific software
 
Data input scanners Scanners
 
Desktop computers Desktop computers
 
Laptop computers Notebook computers
 
Liquid crystal display LCD video projectors Liquid crystal display projector
 
Personal computers Personal computers
 
Universal serial bus USB flash drives High capacity removable media drives
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Psychology
Benchmark Title: Industrial-Organizational Psychologists
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Master's Degree
 
On-the-Job Training Over 6 months, up to and including 1 year
 
Related Work Experience Over 4 years, up to and including 6 years
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training None
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Psychology
Benchmark Title: Industrial-Organizational Psychologists
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Assessment Services Manager
Consultant
Consulting Psychologist
Consulting Services Director
Customer Leader
Engineering Psychologist
Executive Coach
Human Performance Consultant
Human Resources Consultant (HR Consultant)
Human Resources Psychologist
I/O Psychologist
Industrial Organizational Psychologist
Industrial Psychologist
Industrial/Organizational Psychologist (I/O Psychologist)
Instructional Systems Design Consultant (ISD Consultant)
Management Consultant
Management Psychologist
Occupational Psychologist
Organizational Consultant
Organizational Development Consultant
Organizational Development Manager
Organizational Development Specialist
Organizational Effectiveness Director
Organizational Psychologist
Organizational Research Consultant
Personnel Research Psychologist
Personnel Research Scientist
Policy Advisor
Policy Officer
Program Evaluation Consultant
Psychology Professor
Research Scientist
Staffing Consultant
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Psychology
Benchmark Title: Industrial-Organizational Psychologists
 
 
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