Counseling in Business and Industry

Those who earn a degree in counseling or psychology may be open to a wide range of careers. One such career involves working in business and industry to study employees in the work place and how the function as a whole. This type of counselor may have earned a degree in Industrial and Organizational, or I/O psychology*.

Education qualifications

In order to become a business and industry counselor, you need to fulfill the minimum eligibility criteria to get hired by the various agencies. They need to have a bachelor’s degree in psychology which usually takes 4 years to complete. Upon completion, one may opt for a master’s or doctorate in industrial and organizational counseling or psychology. As an individual, you must be good at critical thinking, have excellent leadership qualities and a way to communicate with the people. These qualities may help you to grow and excel in your field. The additional skills are very helpful and everyone has some unique quality that sets them apart from the others**.

Duties and responsibilities

As a business and industry counselor, you may be tasked with studying employees, workplaces, and organizations and aid in the success of the business by assessing and improving performance, safety, and well-being of employees. The counselor may research employees, perform interviews, and provide feedback to management on tips for a good work environment. Some topics that counselors in business and industry look at are*:

  • Job analysis
  • Personnel recruitment and selection
  • Performance appraisal and management
  • Individual assessments
  • Training and training evaluation
  • Motivation in the workplace
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Group behavior
  • Resources

Career outlook

There are several job opportunities in the field, as the job outlook is on the rise. You may be hired by several different kinds of companies, so knowledge of your job is important, no matter where you are working. The package of a business counselor is definitely good with lots of opportunities to grow. On average, these counselors make around $98,800 annually. This may vary depending on location, experience, and so on***.

 

 

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*For more information, please visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Industrial_and_organizational_psychology

**For more information, please visit: http://careersinpsychology.org/becoming-an-industrial-or-organizational-psychologist/

***For more information, please visit: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes193032.htm