Occupational Psychologist Job Description

August 3, 2010 | By More

Occupational Psychologist Job Profile and Description

Occupational psychologists help an organisation bring out the best performance from the employees and thereby also help to make the employee more satisfied in the job. He applies psychological knowledge and theories on organisational issues like culture and change, as well at an individual level. Some of them work as consultants while some are directly employed by the company.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Occupational psychologists help in designing and applying principles of psychology to understand company’s or team’s culture and help them achieve specific performance objectives
  • They give advice on new technologies like e-learning or virtual team working
  • They help employees to develop leadership, teamwork and communication skills
  • They also help them deal with stress and high pressure situations
  • He give suggestions to the management on how to motivate staff and influence them to increase their productivity
  • They have to develop, implement or evaluate selection procedures, conduct psychometric tests and structured interviews
  • They need to develop training and appraisal programmes
  • They give counseling to the staff to help them plan their career to reach their full potential
  • They may have to work with engineers and physiologists to improve the working environment and equipment
  • They study the causes of accidents and suggest prevention measures related to behaviour
  • They give advice on stress prevention and stress management strategies, and teach the staff these techniques

Skills and Specifications

  • They must be understanding and sympathetic to the needs of the organisation
  • They should have excellent communication skills
  • They must use their discretion and maintain client confidentiality
  • They should know about the company’s policies and base their suggestions according to it

Education and Qualifications

One can go for a bachelor’s and master’s degree in psychology and then do specialisation in a field of one’s choice to become an occupational psychologist for an organisation.

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