Ergonomists

Ergonomists help business, industry, government, and academic institutions use technology responsibly by considering human capabilities and limitations in the workplace. Their goal is to increase human productivity, comfort, safety, and health, and to decrease injury and illness by designing human-centered equipment, furniture, work methods, and techniques. Ergonomists combine knowledge from various sciences and apply it to jobs, systems, products, and environments. They are also known as human factors engineers or human factors specialists.


Quick Facts
Duties Help increase human productivity, comfort, safety, and health by designing human-centered equipment, furniture, work methods, and techniques
Alternate Title(s) Human Factors Engineers, Human Factors Specialists
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide; largest concentration of ergonomists is in Washington, D.C.
Education and Training
  • Master's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Health
  • Physics
Experience Internship or assistantship
Skills
  • Drawing/Design
  • Interpersonal
  • Research
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Helpful
  • Problem-Solving
Licensure/Certification Recommended
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Manager, or Consultant, or Professor
  • Experienced Ergonomist
  • Entry-Level Ergonomist

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