Business Psychology Programs
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Business Psychology is a psychology subspecialty that seeks to improve productivity and interpersonal relationships within the workplace. Professionals may focus on personnel issues, ergonomics, professional coaching and organizational relationships. They typically work for consulting firms or large businesses.
M.A. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology: ARP Track
M.A. Organizational Leadership
MA Behavioral Economics
Organizational Psychology , MS (Online Only)
A business psychologist may also choose to venture out on one's own and work for-hire on a contract basis. Those with a knack for business psychology tend to be the best equipped for private consultation work because they have an understanding of entrepreneurship and specialize in a more customer facing way with their clients.
Of particular importance to the business psychologist, are the application of organizational psychology principles, the nurturing of teamwork and ethics, motivation of employees, mental health in an employment setting, and the basic theory and methodology of traditional psychology.
BS in Psychology (Online)
BA in Psychology (Online)
Useful Business Psychology Resources
- Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology
- Society for Occupational Health Psychology
- Canadian Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology
MS in General Psychology (Online)
MS in Child and Adolescent Development
MA in General Psychology (Online)
MA in Health Psychology (Online)
Business Psychology Practices
A business psychologist focuses his efforts on three areas of industry and occupation: employees, workplaces and organizations. Particularly, business psychologists make a study of how all three of these areas interact in an effort to boost productivity.
Their methods may include job analysis, recruitment, performance appraisal, training and training assessment, assessing the organizational culture as a whole, and delineating productive (and counterproductive) behaviors in the workplace. The business psychologist also studies how ergonomics, environment, and group dynamics affect the performance of the individual (and vice versa).
Master of Science (M.S.) in Psychology
MS in Clinical Psychology (Online)
Business Psychology Employment
Many business organizations employ business psychologists to help improve corporate culture and employee morale. Particularly in tough economic environments, these professionals are in demand because organizations that can enhance the productivity of staff in tough job environments are sure to keep it up in an easier economic climate.
Businesses often must make changes to improve their bottom lines, and transitions, if handled improperly, can have an adverse effect on the employees, who make change possible. Business psychologists are invaluable here as well.
A business psychologist working for a mid- to large-sized organization can make north of $100,000 per year. Consultants can do well, too, considering they can set their own price, choose clients, and work around OSHA laws regarding salaried employees at an organization. In 2010, the median annual salary of business psychologists came in at around $77,000, according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook.
Preparing to Become a Business Psychologist
If one is certain that business psychology is the career path one wishes to pursue, it is advised to try for at least a master's degree in business psychology from an accredited institution. The master's degree is often enough to make one eligible for a teaching position. It is also advisable to work simultaneously for professional organizations to maximize earnings.
While doctorates in business psychology are more in demand with bigger organizations, it is possible to attain a very lucrative career in this field with less.
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Accreditation: CACREP, NCATE, NASP
Degree Types: Masters Degree, Specialist Degree, Doctorate Degree
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Degree Types: Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree
Degree Types: Certificate, Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, Doctorate Degree
Degree Types: Bachelors Degree
Degree Types: Certificate, Masters Degree, Doctorate Degree