The Industrial Organizational Psychologist
It may come as no surprise, but there are an awful lot of people who have no idea what I-O pychology is or what I-O psychologists do. Common reactions from new acquaintances include, “Ooo, I could really use some help organizing my home and be a more industrious person” or “Wow, that’s a mouthful” or “No really, what do you do for a living?” Perhaps even more alarming is the number of students across universities who aren’t introduced to I-O—even if they are psychology majors! We are struck by the number of prospective graduate students who tell us that they wouldn’t know that I-O existed had it not been for a chance encounter with an I-O psychologist. For every one of these talented young people who join the field, there are 10 more who don’t have that chance encounter and end up in a different field.
Allen, Joseph A.; Behrend, Tara S.; Bell, Suzanne T.; and Smoak, Victoria J., "Suggested Practices for Making I-O Connections: Let’s Build Bridges and Grow I-O!" (2014). Psychology Faculty Publications. 168.