We surveyed 236 industrial organizational psychologists to learn what personality traits and interests make them unique. Here are the results.


Holland Codes

Industrial organizational psychologists are investigative and enterprising

Industrial organizational psychologists tend to be predominantly investigative individuals, which means that they are quite inquisitive and curious people that often like to spend time alone with their thoughts. They also tend to be enterprising, which means that they are usually quite natural leaders who thrive at influencing and persuading others.

If you are one or both of these archetypes, you may be well suited to be an industrial organizational psychologist. However, if you are realistic, this is probably not a good career for you. Unsure of where you fit in? Take the career test now.

Here’s how the Holland codes of the average industrial organizational psychologist break down:


Big Five

The top personality traits of industrial organizational psychologists are extraversion and conscientiousness

Industrial organizational psychologists score highly on extraversion, meaning that they rely on external stimuli to be happy, such as people or exciting surroundings. They also tend to be high on the measure of conscientiousness, which means that they are methodical, reliable, and generally plan out things in advance.

Once again, let’s break down the components of the personality of an average industrial organizational psychologist: