What is Occupational Psychology

You might be new to occupational psychology. So what’s it all about? According to the British Psychological Society, occupational psychology aims to increase the effectiveness of the organisation and improve the job satisfaction of individuals.

The society describes it as broader in scope and less formalised than many areas of psychology. It touches on diverse fields that include ergonomics, personnel management and time management. Work can be in advisory, teaching and research roles or, to a lesser extent, in technical and administrative roles.

Here at Psyence, occupational psychology involves psychometric testing, assessment and development centres, competency frameworks, and emotional intelligence in business.

It’s a little-known fact that the title ‘Psychologist’ isn’t protected. You can call yourself a Psychologist without even taking a degree in Psychology. However, the title ‘Occupational Psychologist’ is protected under statutory regulation by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

You can therefore be sure that anyone calling themselves an Occupational Psychologist has followed the correct training path and gained relevant qualifications. They’ll be ethical and stick to best practice. The same is true of Chartered Psychologists.