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Occupational Psychologist
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Last Updated: March, 2013

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At a Glance... header image

Applies the principles of psychology to human resources, administration, management, sales, and marketing problems in an organisation.


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Elaine MacDonald
Psychologist - Clinical  

Elaine MacDonald works as a Clinical Psychologist in St Michael's House. She did a BA degree in English literature and Philosophy in Trinity College Dublin. After a period of time teaching in Japan she decided to return home and train as a Clinical Psychologist. She completed the Higher Diploma in Psychology (DipPsych) in UCD which then allowed her to undertake training to be a Clinical Psychologist which she completed at the University of North Wales (Bangor).

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Tomas Flanagan
Occupational Therapist  

Tomás Flanagan is an Occupational Therapist working for St Michael's House. Following his Leaving Certificate, he studied Occupational Therapy in Trinity College Dublin where he found the educational placements of particular relevance.  Following graduation he got an opportunity to work with children with Autism for a year which was very challenging but offered a great learning experience.

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Aoife Lyons
Occupational Psychologist  

Aoife works as an Occupational Psychologist for the Public Appointments Service and is based in Dublin. After completing her primary degree, she completed her Masters in Occupational Psychology in the University of Manchester. She is directly involved in the selecting and designing of aptitude tests for various roles in the Civil Service, and in interpreting the results of these.

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The Work header image

Occupational psychologists have a broad range of work activities, covering diverse areas such as recruitment and selection, personnel management, organisational change, work environment and ergonomics, and stress management.  
 
In recruitment and selection, occupational psychologists suggest methods to identify and attract candidates with the right skills and abilities for a particular job. They may design and use psychological tests or exercises to assess a candidate's suitability. They also monitor the selection process to make sure it is fair and effective.  
 
Occupational psychologists identify the main aspects of a successful job performance and set up appraisal systems for the benefit of staff and management. They train managers in appraisal techniques and recommend the best type of management system for the company.  
 
They may improve an individual's performance by developing training and evaluation techniques. Occupational psychologists help people to develop skills in communication, teamwork, assertiveness and leadership. Interviews and tests can help people to get a better idea of their strengths, weaknesses and the work they enjoy doing most.  
 
Occupational psychologists recognise the impact of the work environment on people's mood, motivation and happiness. They work closely with engineers and ergonomists (experts in the interaction between people and their working environments and equipment), for example, to design a visual display unit or improve the design of a new building.  
 
They advise on health and safety issues, studying the causes of accidents and methods to prevent them. Occupational psychologists are also experts on stress management, helping individuals and organisations to prevent or manage stress.  
 
Some occupational psychologists help organisations to adapt during periods of change. They may help to design a new management or staff structure, or a new company image. Occupational psychologists may give one-to-one counselling to people who face redundancy, helping them to plan their next career or training decision.

 


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Formulate and implement training programs, applying principles of learning and individual differences.

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Conduct research studies of physical work environments, organizational structures, communication systems, group interactions, morale, and motivation to assess organizational functioning.

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Conduct presentations on research findings for clients and at research meetings.

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Provide expert testimony in employment lawsuits.

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Study consumers' reactions to new products and package designs, and to advertising efforts, using surveys and tests.

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Review research literature to remain current on psychological science issues.

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Develop interview techniques, rating scales, and psychological tests used to assess skills, abilities, and interests for the purpose of employee selection, placement, and promotion.

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Conduct individual assessments, including interpreting measures and providing feedback for selection, placement, and promotion.

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Write articles, white papers, and reports to share research findings and educate others.

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Develop new business by contacting potential clients, making sales presentations, and writing proposals.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Provide Consultation and Advice to Others:  Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.

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Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Analyzing Data or Information:  Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.

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Communicating with Persons Outside Organization:  Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People:  Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Training and Teaching Others:  Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.


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The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Psychology:  Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

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Personnel and Human Resources:  Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Administration and Management:  Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

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Education and Training:  Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Social Perceptiveness:   Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

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Systems Analysis:   Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

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Systems Evaluation:   Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.

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Active Learning:   Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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You must have a strong curiosity about people's behaviour, and a desire to use your knowledge to help other people. You will need a creative, logical and objective approach to solving problems in training and the workplace.  
 
Good communication skills are very important. You must be able to listen carefully when interviewing staff or managers, and be sympathetic, discreet and non-judgemental, especially if you are involved in industrial relations. You will need good written skills to plan training programmes, produce psychological tests and reports on levels of staff morale, absenteeism or labour turnover.  
 
You must be adaptable and have good interpersonal skills to be able to deal with a variety of people, including managers, staff, engineers and equipment designers.  
 
Occupational psychologists often have to achieve results over a short time, and work to strict deadlines.


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Organisation: Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI)
  Address: CX House, 2A Corn Exchange Place, Poolbeg Street, Dublin 2
  Tel: (01) 474 9160
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Organisation: British Psychological Society
  Address: St Andrews House, 48 Princess Road East, Leicester LE1 7DR
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Organisation: Health Service Executive (HSE)
  Address: Dr Steevens' Hospital, Steevens Lane, Dublin, 8
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Organisation: OSCAIL - National Distance Education Centre
  Address: Dublin City University, Glasnevin, Dublin 9
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Organisation: Public Appointments Service
  Address: Chapter House, 26/30 Abbey Street Upper, Dublin 1
  Tel: (01) 858 7400 or Locall: 1890 44 9999
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