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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.

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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.

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Useful Business Psychology Resources

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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).

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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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Appalachian State University - Offers Online Programs

Specialties: Business Psychology, College Counseling, Community Psychology, Experimental Psychology, General Psychology, Geriatric Psychology, Health Psychology, Human Services, Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Marriage and Family Counseling, Mental Health Counseling, Music Psychology, School Psychology, Social Psychology
Degree Types: Certificate, Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, Specialist Degree
Accreditation: CACREP, NCATE, NASP
Chicago School of Professional Psychology - Offers Online Programs

Specialties: Applied Behavior Analysis, Business Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Counseling Psychology, Educational Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Industrial-Organizational Psychology, International Psychology
Degree Types: Masters Degree, Specialist Degree, Doctorate Degree
Accreditation: APA
Madonna University

Livonia, MI

Specialties: Business Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Forensic Psychology, General Psychology, Mental Health Counseling, Substance Abuse Counseling
Degree Types: Certificate, Associates Degree, Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree
MidAmerica Nazarene University

Olathe, KS

Specialties: Business Psychology, Counseling Psychology, General Psychology
Degree Types: Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree
Pacific Graduate School of Psychology - Offers Online Programs

Specialties: Business Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Forensic Psychology, General Psychology, Neuropsychology
Degree Types: Certificate, Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, Doctorate Degree
University of Maine at Farmington

Farmington, ME

Specialties: Business Psychology, General Psychology
Degree Types: Bachelors Degree
University of the Rockies - Offers Online Programs

Specialties: Business Psychology, Career Counseling, Clinical Psychology, General Psychology, Health Psychology, Marriage and Family Counseling, Sports Psychology
Degree Types: Certificate, Masters Degree, Doctorate Degree

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