The U.S. Department of Labor identifies industrial and organizational psychology as one of the fastest growing, most lucrative psychology careers, with a projected growth rate of more than 29 percent. Median annual wages in 2011 reached nearly six figures.
As a graduate of this program, you'll join others who have launched careers in both the public and private sectors and abroad as a direct result of their master's studies. Many have even established their own consulting companies. It's tough to keep up with our graduates' continuous success, but here are some of the places they've landed jobs:
Choosing UB for my Industrial and Organizational Psychology degree was a life-changing decision. Due to the convenient evening class schedule, I was able to complete my master’s degree without putting my career on hold. The professors are experienced professionals who bring real-world experiences into the classroom and foster a passion for psychology within their students. I had the opportunity to participate in an international program as part of my coursework, which prepared me to work alongside seasoned professionals and Ph.D.-level staff in a global leadership assessment and development role. Without those experiences and the practical, hands-on approach to learning at UB, I would not be where I am today.
-Rebecca Stern, M.S. ’12, consultant, Kaisen Consulting
I have been particularly impressed with the job knowledge that students build as part of the program as well as the strong skill set they develop related to statistical methods, psychometrics and research design. This skill set is not easy to find at the master's level, but UB has developed a curriculum that emphasizes these particular characteristics.
—Eric M. Dunleavy, principal consultant, DCI Consulting Group (employer of several alumni)
My professors served as great mentors to me in my two years at UB. They helped me to see options I didn't realize were open to me and helped me to explore all levels of the industrial/organizational world. By encouraging me to attend the Society of Industrial/Organizational Psychologists conferences both years, they also helped me to increase my I/O network, better understand my specific I/O interests and see federal opportunities that I was not aware existed, which ultimately helped me to secure my current position as a personnel psychologist for the Drug Enforcement Administration.
—Jessica Griggs, M.S. '10, personnel psychologist, U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency
I am with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, all thanks to the I/O program at UB. I started as an intern and was offered a full-time position when I graduated.
—Wendy Su, M.S. '09, I/O psychologist, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
I chose UB's program from many others because of the faculty, the type of classes offered that were specific to my interests and the focus on doing practical work. I probably wouldn't have gotten my job at Caliper (the company's main products are personality instruments) if it weren't for Dr. Mitchell's class on Personality at Work (APPL 657).
—Trevor Shylock, M.S. '09, consultant, Caliper Corp.
I relocated from Alabama to join the program. Through the program, I obtained valuable work experience with the Personnel Board of Jefferson County, Ala., as an assessor in their assessment center.
—Hermanski Jackson, student
I chose UB for its small program and intimate nature. I got an internship at the Maryland State Highway Administration in my second year and had three employment offers upon graduation.
—Elizabeth Cregg, M.S. '07, senior human resources generalist, BorgWarner Morse TEC Inc.
I would not be where I am today without the program. The faculty encouraged me to participate in SIOP, APA, PTC and MAPAC (various industrial and organizational psychology professional organizations). I secured two internships that prepared me for my consulting career.
—Matthew Ruble, M.S. '07, manager of advisory services, Grant Thornton International Consulting
The program helped propel me to where I am today, a tenure-track assistant professor in the Raj Soin College of Business at Wright State University. While in the program, I published a peer-reviewed journal article while working as an intern at the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and I took my first job with the American Institutes for Research in Washington, D.C., one of the most prestigious consulting firms.
—Brian Lyons, M.S. '02, assistant professor, Wright State University
One of my biggest management challenges is the lack of available candidates to fill master's-level positions. Without UB graduates, my pool of potential new hires would be reduced even further. UB is fortunate to be located in a region that is experiencing an increased need for I/O professionals. A number of agencies in the federal government rely on I/O psychologists, not to mention the consulting firms in and around Washington, D.C., that must also meet the needs of their customers.
—Christine Parker, M.S. '98, I/O psychologist, U.S. Department of Defense