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Sanya Sirohi, Vineet Sekhon



Psychologists and HR

When talking about organizations, Psychology plays a vital role in hiring, observing behavioral attributes, or resolving disputes between employees. The essence of Human Resources (HR) mainly lies in dealing with people. So, it makes perfect sense that psychology should intertwine with this area of expertise.


Role of Psychologists in Human Resources


Psychologists catering in Human Resources are part of the management team that develops, directs, and executes ideas and strategies for organizational management, tackles staff-related concerns such as recruitment, disciplinary proceedings, and terminations directly.


Human Resource Managers and Executives use skills and knowledge of psychology to study workplace behavior and productivity to improve their business model, which leads to better staff, a positive work environment, and an overall increase in productivity.


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Skills Needed

  • Communication Skills (good expression of thoughts)
  • Organizational Skills (can supervise all the protocols and procedures in an organized way)
  • Decision-Making Skills (strategy, intuition, and experience)
  • Leadership and Management Skills (to maximize the accomplishment of the employees.)
  • Budgeting Skills (ability to handle Compensation and benefits, performance appraisal)
  • Empathetic Skills
  • Analytical Skills

How to Pursue?


To pursue human resources or an Industrial and Organizational (I/O) Psychology career, any stream in class 12th is the primary route. After that, a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Human Resource Management/ Business Administration/ Industrial and Organizational Psychology, or a related field is required.


In India, a Bachelor’s degree in I/O psychology is not available. Other degrees include Master's and doctoral degrees. The core emphasis is on organizational behavior, high-performance, teamwork and growth, leadership, strengthening human resource fundamentals, etc.


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Scope in India

Human Resource Development Managers are required to retain their workforce in any sector, company, and trade. So, a career is a great promise in human resources management.

Places to Work:

  • Significant businesses and corporate houses
  • Multinational Companies
  • Airlines
  • Government Departments
  • Government Ministries 

Career Options:

  • Non-profit Human Resources Expert
  • International Human Resources Professional
  • Training & Development Manager
  • Employee Education Consultant

Institutes Providing a Course for Human Resource or I/ O Psychology in India

  1. XLRI, Jamshedpur
  2. Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai
  3. Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya, Indore
  4. Symbiosis International (Deemed University), Pune
  5. Amity School of Management, New Delhi
  6. NMIMS Institute, Mumbai

HR is the management of people employed as specialists that involve recruitment and selection, training, and development. It also includes welfare and safety, wage and salary administration, collective bargaining, and most industrial relations aspects. Therefore, integration between human resources management and psychology is crucial, and the field offers vast career opportunities and job prospects.



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