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Industrial and organisational psychologists may do some or all of the following

  • test, survey or interview employees
  • run assessment centres for selecting employees
  • write reports on their findings
  • design and submit work proposals to clients
  • advise clients on recruitment and selection methods
  • take part in dispute resolution
  • advise clients on staff motivation issues
  • assess the effects of workplace changes
  • help clients set up new systems within their organisation
  • design and give staff training
  • provide general human resources (HR) advice
  • provide counselling or career advice.

Industrial and organisational psychologists need to have

  • knowledge of employment legislation, such as the Privacy Act, Employment Relations Act, Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act and the Health and Safety Act
  • knowledge of assessment, counselling and dispute resolution techniques
  • knowledge of psychological measurement methods and practices, and the ethics of psychology
  • understanding of different jobs and organisations
  • knowledge of training methods
  • knowledge of current trends and developments in psychology
  • research and writing skills
  • communication skills, and knowledge of interviewing techniques 
  • decision-making and problem-solving skills.

Industrial and organisational psychologists need to be

  • able to relate well to people
  • open-minded and respectful of the views of others
  • sensitive, tactful and able to maintain privacy
  • patient
  • resilient and able to handle stress.