Research Scientist

What Does A Research Scientist Do?

Industrial/Organizational psychologists (as seen in this video) research human behavior in the workplace, including how people interact with tools and systems in the workplace (known as Human Factors Psychology). Their job may include designing research studies, collecting data, and evaluating this data in order to improve efficiency in the work environment.

How Do I Become A Research Scientist?

A master’s or doctoral degree in industrial/organizational psychology, human factors, or a related field is likely required for this position. A master’s degree typically takes about two-three years of work after earning a four-year bachelor’s degree. A doctorate may take an additional two-three years of work after the master’s degree is earned, depending on the specific program.

What is the Average Salary For A Research Scientist?

High – 140,000
Median – 80,000
Low – 50,000

What Courses Should I Take To Become A Research Scientist?

  • Science – As much as possible, including psychology!
  • Math – As much as possible, including statistics!
  • English – As much as possible!
  • Business
  • Communication
  • Public Speaking

What Is The Work Environment For A Research Scientist?

Industrial/Organizational Psychologists who do research typically work in businesses, consulting firms, universities, or for the government.

What Is The Future Outlook For A Research Scientist?

The job outlook for this position looks excellent over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist. Make sure you do well in your undergraduate program so you can be accepted into a graduate program – opportunities are best for those with graduate degrees!


  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada