Business Psychologist Jobs & Business Psychology Career Guide
What’s in this guide?
What is a Business Psychologist?
Business Psychologists apply psychological principles to influence workplace behavior. A Business Psychologist aims to help organizations and their employees achieve top performance and job satisfaction. They work in both consulting services and as in-house employees.
Business Psychologists analyze people at all levels of a business. They work with administration to evaluate corporate culture, individuals and teams to help create a healthy and productive work environments. They focus on human resources, market research, and sales issues in the working environment to identify areas for improvement and find ways to make it better.
Where Does a Business Psychologist Work?
Business Psychologists work in private and public endeavors. They can be found in large and small companies. In the private sector, Business Psychologists are found in leadership positions, on the human resources staff, in general office management, working for union services, and training administration. Public positions for Business Psychologists can be found in the Department of Veterans Affairs, Federal and State Prison services, working in the Department of Defense, the Department of Labor, and in many private and public-school systems.
What Degree is Required to Become a Business Psychologist?
Most Business Psychologists start with undergraduate work, earning their Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. While earning this degree, the student is introduced to topics of human development, cognitive development, counseling principles, social structures, and psychological theory. They also study statistical reasoning, history of psychology, abnormal psychology, and theories of personality.
During an internship, the student can apply newly learned techniques in problem-solving, decision making, group dynamics, and interviewing. The internship is a prime opportunity for the student to enhance their communication skills and critical thinking in a business setting.
A Master’s Degree in Psychology is usually sufficient to work in public and private schools, private practice, and general industry as a Business Psychologist. Some of the coursework a student earning their master’s degree can expect are theory and process, cross-cultural counseling, and human growth and development.
A PhD, or Doctor of Philosophy, is not typically required, but may give an edge to students in certain competitive fields, such as education and research.