Becoming an organisational practitioner | consultant | psychologist

Personal Requirements

  • Good at observing and relating to a wide variety of people
  • Respectful of people from different cultures
  • Able to analyse and evaluate human behaviour
  • Concerned for the well-being of others
  • Patient and adaptable
  • Able to keep information private
  • Self aware and non-judgemental and able to influence others
  • Able to work well under pressure, make decisions and cope with stress
  • Able to balance professional ethics with commercial realities

Skills and Knowledge needed

  • Human–machine interaction and work place design
  • Job analysis and competency design
  • Selection and assessment
  • Coaching, Counselling and career development
  • Training and development
  • Employee relations and motivation
  • Organisational development and change


Typically entry to the career is through completion of a Bachelors Degree majoring in Psychology (or sometimes Human Resource Management) and then a Honours or Masters Degree in Organisational Psychology.

The New Zealand Universities offering programmes in Organisational Psychology include:

How do you become a Psychologist?

To become a Chartered Member of the IOP and a Psychologist, you would then complete a Post Graduate Diploma in Organisational Psychology or complete an in-house programme such as is offered the New Zealand Defence Force or Department of Corrections. This is completed whilst working and involves submitting projects for review, supervision and an oral exam.

New Zealand Universities offering Chartered and Registration options include:

Currently studying and want to know how you can gain an opportunity to power up your IO career?

For those completing a Post-Graduate Qualification in IO Psychology, you can apply for the IOSIG Kickstarter Scholarship. IOSIG is the Industrial Organisational Psychology Special Interest Group (Auckland-based) that provides students who are completing a postgraduate qualification with opportunities to network with other psychologists/students within their own professional area of psychology, and to access professional development and support. You can email Stewart for application details.

Where will the career take me?

  • Human Resources, People and Capability, People and Culture Advisor, Business Partner or Manager
  • Organisational Development, Talent Advisor or Manager
  • Wellness Advisor or Manager
  • Learning and Development Advisor or Manager
  • Health and Safety Advisor or Manager
  • Consultant
  • Lecturer, Senior Lecturer or Professor

More information can be found on: