Industrial Psychologist



OFO No: 263403




What is an Industrial /Organisational Psychologist?

Industrial Psychologists (Alternative titles or specialisations: Organisational or Occupational Psychologists) usually work in the large organisations in the HR department. They generally focus their attention on workers personalities and performances or the relationships between staff members. This is an important job, particularly in large companies, where productivity can be affected by human interactions or behaviours.

What does an Industrial Psychologist do?

  • does research in the company
  • monitors moods and office atmospheres
  • monitors bullying in the workplace
  • prepares assessment tests
  • interviews individuals and groups
  • observes office behaviour
  • designs programs to improve interaction and productivity
  • mediates where necessary
  • writes reports
  • attends meetings

Are you . . . ?

  • good with people?
  • analytical?
  • a good communicator?
  • a good listener?
  • fair and impartial?
  • non-judgemental?
  • positive?
  • emotionally stable?

How do I become an Industrial Psychologist/

Some South African universities offer a BA or BCom with Industrial Psychology as a subject. You can even do an Honours degree in Industrial Psychology.

Sometimes Industrial Psychology is paired with Human Resources.

Each institution offers their own set of courses. It’s up to you to check them out.


  • CLICK HERE to check for a training institution near you to see what they offer.
  • Make sure you understand their entry requirements for each course.
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