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Identifying the Competencies, Critical Experiences, and Career Paths of I-O Psychologists: Academia

By Alexandra I. Zelin (University of Akron), Joy Oliver (SRA International, Inc.), Dennis Doverspike (University of Akron), Samantha Chau (Novo Nordisk Inc.), Bethany Bynum (HumRRO) and Mark L. Poteet (Organizational Research & Solutions, Inc.)

A long-standing focus of the Professional Practice Committee (PPC) has been examining career paths in I-O psychology. A study of practitioner careers was proposed in 2009 and was expanded in 2012 to include both practitioner and academic career paths to better capture all of the careers that I-O psychologists hold. Graduate students from the University of Akron’s Center for Organizational Research (COR) worked with PPC members to collect and analyze data from SIOP members in both academic and applied settings. The intent of the project was to identify competencies and critical experiences across I-O psychology career paths in academia, consulting, industry, and government. For the purposes of this study, a competency is defined as a skill someone has developed that is necessary for success on the job; a critical experience is recognized as an on the job experience that defines what is required to perform or prepare for the career level within a given practice area. Continue reading in the January issue of TIP.

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