Research in Work and Organizational Psychology

With the International Joint Master of Research in Work and Organizational Psychology, a variety of career paths are open to you. You can, for example, further develop your academic professional career or become active in internationally oriented organizations. With its international orientation and strong focus on the psychology of work and organizations, the degree program gives you access to a wide range of job opportunities worldwide.

Career Fields

Depending on the individual profile, various career paths are open to students, particularly in the field of human performance and human resources, industrial psychology as well as organizational development in companies or consultancies, in public administration or even in political consulting. The following is an overview of possible areas of activity.

  • Work and Technology
  • Consulting and Advising
  • Research and Teaching
  • International Organizations/ Development Work
  • Management/ Organization/ Corporate Management
  • Personnel Management
  • Advertising Management and Marketing

Work and Technology

This field of activity focuses on the analysis of work equipment and situations. In this field you can work in the following areas, among others:

  • Workplace Auditor: examines workplaces and work processes according to ergonomic, technical and work organization aspects and ensures their optimization
  • Occupational Psychologist: investigates the causes and consequences of workloads
  • Occupational Scientists: analyze the technical, organizational and social conditions of work processes with the aim of improving them.
  • Occupational Safety Specialists: advise and support companies on issues relating to occupational safety, accident prevention and the ergonomic design of work processes
  • Business Psychologist: examines behavioral patterns of economically active groups (households, consumers, companies or executives), proposes measures and creates concepts

Consulting and Advising

The degree qualifies you in particular for psychological management consulting in areas such as personnel and organizational planning, organizational development and individual coaching.
In this field, you can work in the following areas, among others:

  • Vocational Counselor: providing information and advice on occupations, training paths, professional requirements, the labor market and employment opportunities
  • Intercultural Communication Consultant: deals with the interaction of actors from different cultures in companies
  • Mediator: supports disputing parties in conflicts of various kinds in order to reach amicable, out-of-court solutions
  • Personnel Consultants: provide services to companies in the search for and selection of suitable specialists and managers
  • Management Consultants: analyze processes and structures in companies as external service providers, e.g. in order to increase and expand profitability

Research and Teaching

Teaching at universities involves organizing and conducting courses and supervising students.

  • Lecturer at Universities and Academies: designs and conducts courses, and works on scientific research projects
  • Scientific Employee: performs scientific services in research and teaching, which are also conducive to the acquisition of a further scientific qualification (e.g. doctorate)

International Organizations/ Development Work

As a (project-related) staff member you coordinate and develop programs and concepts for the respective institutions. You carry out or lead quality controls and promote international cooperation.

Management/ Organization/ Corporate Management

This field of activity is primarily concerned with the design of organizational structures and concepts, as well as the management of all operational processes and workflows.

  • Compliance Manager: develops concepts and measures to ensure the legally and ethically correct behavior of organizations and their employees
  • Contract Manager: assists in the drafting, amendment and processing of contracts and advises customers on changes to contracts, e.g. in the event of a change in the legal situation
  • Development Worker: provides knowledge in the development service and in development cooperation to bring about an improvement in the living conditions of the people living in the developing country/crisis region
  • Group / Team Leader: takes over the management of employees, teams and departments
  • Idea and Innovation Manager: develops concepts for more efficient operational processes and products, plans and organizes innovations and restructurings
  • Manager: assumes leadership tasks at middle to upper organizational level

Personnel Management

In this field of activity, you primarily organize personnel recruitment and administration and provide training and continuing education for employees. In this field you can work in the following areas, among others:

  • Labor Market Manager: active e.g. in the employment agency; responsible for placement, counseling and integration of employee customers as well as for counseling and support of employer customers in all questions of recruitment
  • Labor Scientist: analyzes the technical, organizational and social conditions of work processes
  • Personnel Consultant: provides services for companies in the search and selection of suitable specialists and managers
  • Personnel Dispatcher: is responsible in the area of personnel services for the selection of suitable employees for companies and supervises them during their deployment
  • Personnel Developer: takes care of personnel requirements planning, personnel recruitment and assessment, as well as training and further education
  • Personnel Officer: selection and recruitment of personnel as well as personnel support and personnel development
  • Recruiter: in the area of personnel services, searching for and recruiting new employees on behalf of other companies
  • Relocation Specialist: supports specialists and executives as well as private individuals when they change their place of work or residence, handles all formalities associated with the move
  • Behavioral and Communication Trainer: teaches the basics of successful communication and constructive behavior, e.g. in seminars or coaching in companies, and practices them with the participants

Advertising Management and Marketing

This field of activity focuses on market and needs analyses as well as the conception of advertising strategies, with the aim of market and customer-oriented company management.

  • Contact Person: mediator between advertising agency and clientele. Support existing and acquire new customers and create communication concepts for specific target groups
  • Market Researcher: conducts market and competition analyses
  • Media Planner: designs and creates advertising campaigns
  • Media Manager: plans, organizes and implements media projects, e.g. for film, radio, television and interactive multimedia applications
  • Marketing Employee/Manager: develops, implements and evaluates strategies, concepts and measures for planning, managing and controlling demand
  • Online Marketing Manager: coordinates advertising activities on the Internet and develops marketing strategies for virtual sales areas, acquires customer groups and designs business processes in the area of online shopping
  • POS Manager: fulfills a business consulting function as a sales representative at the point of sale and implements measures to increase the turnover of goods at all relevant points of sale
  • Product Manager: develops marketing strategies for a specific product and positions it on the market, analyzes market research data, prepares forecasts and develops prototypes or product variants
  • Advertising Manager: plans, organizes, coordinates and monitors advertising concepts and activities of companies in coordination with the management bodies