Industrial psychologists have studied how to match the personalities of workers with various jobs. One theory argues that peoples' personalities can be described in terms of five traits, or qualities: outgoing, easygoing, responsible, stable, and open. Research shows that responsible, stable employees are valuable in any job. To succeed in jobs dealing with the public, workers must also be outgoing and easygoing.
Industrial psychologists have researched many other employment issues, from ensuring workplace justice to balancing roles at work and at home.
Industrial psychologists work for businesses, helping to improve the working conditions and productivity of employees. They help companies hire, train, and manage employees. They also advise companies on ways of getting consumers interested in products and services.
Industrial psychologists often work as consultants. They are brought in by companies to help solve particular problems, such as employee stress.
Someone who can see the many sides of a complicated issue. You'll also need to use abstract ideas to solve practical problems.
As an industrial psychologist, you might conduct research into such areas as sexual harassment or workplace culture.