Industrial-occupational psychology is fastest growing field

By Phyllis Hanlon
October 3rd, 2021
Cathleen Swody, Ph.D, partner and director of assessment at Thrive Leadership in Hartford, Conn.
Cathleen Swody, Ph.D, partner and director of assessment at Thrive Leadership in Hartford, Conn.

The Occupational Outlook Handbook, issued by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), predicts that industrial-occupational (I-O) psychology will be one of the fastest growing psychology fields between 2018 and 2028. Practitioners pointed out that I-O psychology will become increasingly important as the business landscape evolves, requiring companies to find more effective and efficient ways to operate.

Cathleen Swody, Ph.D, partner and director of assessment at Thrive Leadership in Hartford, Conn. explained that I-O psychology takes principles and psychological research and applies them to the workplace. The discipline addresses a variety of issues including improving company and employee performance; leadership development; employee hirin...

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