Industrial Psychologist

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When initially thinking of psychology you may not associate it with STEM education but as we take a look into what Industrial Psychologists do, the association will surely be clear. Let’s go!

According to the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Industrial-organizational (I-O) psychology is the scientific study of working and the application of that science to workplace issues facing individuals, teams, and organizations. The scientific method is applied to investigate issues of critical relevance to individuals, businesses, and society.

So exactly what does that mean?

Well, in simpler terms, industrial psychologists look at behavior within the workplace and determine how different aspects of the work environment affect and influence how we act and respond towards our workplace.

Most aspects of industrial psychology, from study to application, take place within a business environment, from manufacturing plants to global corporations. Researchers may study how people work together, how the work environment affects employee mood and behavior, abuse and bullying within the workplace, and many other issues. Employers may hire an expert in this field to come into the workplace and advise on areas that need improvement, such as job performance or employee health.

Often they focus on worker interaction and satisfaction because employees who work together well and are happy in their jobs can significantly strengthen a business or organization. A number of studies have shown a positive link between boosting employee morale and increasing workplace performance. Psychologists try to get a feel for the relationship an employee has to both the work itself and to his or her manager and co-workers. Also they may help create recruitment and training programs as part of a human resources department. In addition, they can help interviewers craft better questions to ask prospective employees. Throughout all these different areas, they come to their conclusions based on experiments and data.

So as you may see, psychology is not just the study of external factors but it also requires the application of what’s being studied. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the field of industrial psychology is experiencing excellent growth. From 2014 to 2024, the BLS predicts that new jobs will be created at a 19 percent growth rate. This is much higher than the average for most jobs.

The American Psychological Association was founded in 1892 with 31 members and as of today, there are more than 115,700 members and 54 divisions in subfields of psychology.  The associations states that they aspire to excel as a valuable, effective and influential organization advancing psychology as a science.
To help prepare students for a career in this growing field, we have a variety of kits which help students collect and analyze data, as well as our Brain Anatomy Kit, which investigates the lobes of the brain and their effect on human emotion, activity, and productivity. Read more below.

Brain Anatomy Kit
This three-dimensional puzzle allows students to clearly see and identify the different regions of the human brain. The colorful model provides for opportunities to associate motor, sensory, and behaviors to each of the major parts of the brain. Designed to snap together, this study of brain anatomy allows for each lobe as well as a number of internal  structures to be examined individually or seen as part of a single hemisphere.


Moth Kit and Pencil Kit
Use these moths to explore a variety of topics including sampling methodology, the Hardy-Weinburg principle, and the biological effects of the Industrial Revolution.
Box and Whisker Plot Kit
Create sliding box and whisker plots with this interactive kit. Based on the data, select the optimal pieces and assemble an adjustable box and whisker plot. Perfect for use with white boards or our included blank    number lines, encourage low-risk trial and error as students work to understand the concept. Includes pieces for plots ranging in size from 4cm – 17cm, with whiskers extending up to  13cm on either side. Asterisks  are included to denote outliers. Enough parts are included to create two plots for side-by-side comparisons.
Stacking Blocks Kit
The perfect building blocks of a strong foundation for understanding graphs, this kit can be used to reinforce mean, median, and mode while creating visual distributions in bar graphs and histograms. Or, create probability distributions with each set of blocks. Use two color block sets together to create double bar graphs and stacked histograms or to explore pattern recognition.

Industrial Psychologists is #21 on the US News Top 25 STEM Jobs list.

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