We’re Number 3!

IO Psychologists have the third best job in all of sciencedom, this according to U.S. News & World Report. Here are the top three:

  1. Epidemiologist/Medical Scientist
  2. Psychologist
  3. Industrial Psychologist

Ummm…

Okay…

Go ahead and read over that list again. Really let it sink in.

According to U.S. News & World Report–the publication that offers the most popular nationwide rankings on the quality of colleges and universities mind you–IO psychologists are not, in fact, psychologists. Also, IO psychologists are now called Industrial Psychologists for some reason.

I’ll wait here while you order new business cards.

Okay, as far as I can tell, U.S. News and World Report thinks that psychology = clinical and/or counseling psychology. Industrial psychology = IO psychology.

But wait! This gets so much better. If you click the link to read more about Industrial Psychologists, you’ll find that we’re not #3, after all. We’re #2!

Go us! Apparently we’re climbing the charts by the minute. Watch your back, all you epidemiologists-slash-medical scientists!

I noticed that our overall score was 6.2/10–which seemed a little low to qualify as the second (or maybe third) best job in science–so I decided to investigate their criteria. Unfortunately, when I clicked the “Read about how we rank the best jobs” link, I saw one of those access denied screens.

I have some advice for the IO departments who plan to use this article to recruit new students:

Send them this article. If they buy it, don’t admit them.

About the Author

Ben Butina, Ph.D.
Dr. Butina, who hosts the Department 12 Podcast, is an industrial-organizational psychologist with interests in training, leadership development, talent management, and positive psychology in the workplace.

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