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Common Job Titles across Sectors

The following is a list of common job titles across the four sectors in which I-O psychologists frequently work (see table below). Each title is aligned to a career level which is referenced in the career paths for each sector. The levels that were identified include:

  1. Individual Contributor (i.e., entry level employee; does not directly supervise others),
  2. Expert Individual Contributor (non-management track; i.e., considered an expert in one’s field of work but does not have any supervisory responsibilities; may manage a function but does not supervise other individuals)
  3. Manager (i.e., first-line manager; responsible for the supervision of other professionals or individual contributors),
  4. Manager of Managers (i.e., second-, third-line managers who oversee multiple managers or departments), and
  5. Executive (i.e., a leader of the organization).

This list is intended to provide a sample of the job titles, it is not comprehensive.

Level Academia Government Industry Consulting

Individual Contributor

Assistant Professor
Associate Professor

Analyst
Associate
Consultant

HR Research Specialist
Project Assistant
Associate Consultant
Consultant

Project Assistant
Associate Consultant
Professional
Lead Professional
Consulting Associate

Expert Individual Contributor

Full Professor

Expert

Chief Scientist
Principal Research Scientist
Principal Consultant
Managing Research Scientist

Senior Consultant
Senior Professional

Manager

Department Chair

Case Team Leader
Manager
Senior Associate Consultant
Project Leader

Director of HR Operations
Manager
Team Leader
Program Leader

Manager
Team Leader
Program Manager
Director

Manager of Managers

Dean

Senior Manager

Area Director of HR
Senior Team Leader
Principal Consultant
Program Director

Senior Team Leader
Principal Consultant
Program Director

Executive

Vice President
Provost
President

Executive
Senior Executive
Partner
Director

Vice President of HR
Chief HR Officer
Global HR Officer
Director
Executive Consultant
Senior Vice President

Director
Officer
Executive Consultant
Vice President
Sr. Vice President
CEO


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