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Our program prepares high-quality professionals with a strong academic foundation—including theories, methods, and research findings of basic and applied psychology—and the skills to effectively apply this knowledge in private and public sector organizations.

Graduates are prepared to work in a variety of areas, including human resource management, consulting, data analysis, employee recruitment and selection, testing and development, training and development, performance appraisal and development, organizational development, change management, job design and evaluation, compensation and benefits, among others.

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Raise Your Salary and Increase Your Opportunities with a Master’s Degree

Regardless of U.S. labor market conditions, one constant holds true: Education boosts earnings and reduces unemployment.

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers(NACE) investing in a master’s degree can pay big dividends when it comes to starting salaries.

The NACE Summer 2021 Salary Survey report found that individuals with an MPH had an average starting salary of $60,624. In contrast the average starting salary for bachelor’s holders was $44,017, a difference of 38%

People with an MPH earn

more starting out than those with only a bachelor's

Popular Industrial-Organizational Psychology Careers

Training & Development Manager

National Median Annual Salary
7% growth increase thru 2031
Local Estimated Base Salary
Updated May 2023
Organizations for Training & Development Managers in Kentucky:
Green Mechanical Construction
Bachelor typically required for entry-level positions

Compensation & Benefits Manager

National Median Annual Salary
2% growth increase thru 2031
Local Estimated Base Salary
Updated May 2023
Organizations for Benefits Managers in Kentucky:
Atlas Air Inc.
Prysmian Group
Bachelor typically required for entry-level positions

Human Resource Manager

National Median Annual Salary
7% growth increase thru 2031
Local Estimated Base Salary
Updated May 2023
Organizations for HR Managers in Kentucky:
Change Healthcare
Prominent Career Solutions, Inc.
Berry Global, Inc
Bachelor typically required for entry-level positions

*National job opportunities data is based on national medians and figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics occupational outlook handbook.
*Local job opportunities data is based on estimated base pay and figures from Indeed.com.

Other Psychology Careers

  • Assessment and development specialist
  • Assessment and development coordinator
  • Corporate HR analyst
  • Director of HR
  • Compensation and benefits director
  • Employment specialist
  • Director of training
  • Health and safety manager
  • HR specialist
  • HR generalist
  • Employee development specialist
  • Organizational development specialist

EKU Psychology Program in the Workforce

Where Have EKU Psychology Graduates Worked?
  • United Way of Lancaster County
  • VIPKid
  • Lexington Rescue Mission
  • Mountain Comprehensive Care Centers
  • Hi-Tek Manufacturing
  • H4 Coaching and Consulting
  • Grupo Brasil SAS
  • Stratavize Consulting
  • Resurgance Counseling
Industrial Organizational Psychology: An Overview

Industrial-organizational, or IO psychology, is a specialty field of psychology that focuses on the application of psychology to the workplace. It’s an area of scientific study and professional practice that aims to understand and measure human behavior in order to make the workplace better for the people who work there.

What do IO psychologists study?
IO psychologists study factors like employee attitudes and behaviors, and interpersonal processes at work. Interpersonal processes include motivation and leadership, organizational culture, team and group processes, and organizational and individual productivity.

There’s a misconception that IO psychologists are only focused on the organization’s productivity and bottom line. That’s not true. They are focused more on the individual and the individual’s experiences, such as how they can contribute to the organization. They also look at things like the match between people and their jobs, through activities like the employee selection processes, employee training, and development programs.

What careers are available in IO psychology?
Graduates of IO master’s programs often find themselves working in a wide variety of settings. In general, IO psychologists and practitioners tend to work in four main areas. These areas are large and small organizations, consulting firms, the government, which hires a lot of biopsychologists, and academia.  Eastern Kentucky University’s program has produced graduates who work in all four of these areas. EKU graduates can be found:

  • Working in human resource roles in large and small companies
  • Working in organizational development positions
  • Working in IO consulting firms as project consultants and research consultants
  • Working in university settings as research analysts

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The EKU Office of Academic and Career Services is a one-stop shop for all of your career and professional development needs. We offer a variety of services to current online EKU students and alumni to help you with your career development, decision-making and job search.

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