Becoming an industrial-organizational psychologist will involve having a good grasp of, and keen interest to work with, statistics. Unlike other branches of psychology, it does not involve a lot of face-to-face or clinical contact, it is focused on groups of individuals as a whole.
Those who want to work in the field will be expected to have an undergraduate degree in psychology, as well as a relevant post-graduate degree in industrial-organizational psychology. The majority of universities around the world offer degrees in psychology, but it is important for budding industrial-organizational psychologists to ensure that both their undergraduate and post graduate qualifications come from an accredited institution.
It is important that all industrial-organizational psychologists have an aptitude for working with and understanding people. Aside from the behaviors of others being central to the job role, those who work within a business will have to liaise with various members of the organizations structure. This can include HR teams, managers, and CEOs.
For those who would rather work in an academic arena, it is likely that a doctorate will be required.