Alternative titles for this job include Human factors specialist

Ergonomists research ways to design products, workplaces or systems to suit the people who need to use them.

Average salary (a year)

£21,000 Starter


£60,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

38 to 40 a week

You could work

between 8am and 6pm flexibly

How to become

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How to become Ergonomist

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship


You can qualify as an ergonomist by doing a degree in ergonomics.

You can also complete a degree in a related subject then take a postgraduate course in ergonomics. Related subjects include:

  • occupational therapy
  • physiotherapy
  • psychology
  • sports science
  • design engineering

You can find out more about accredited postgraduate ergonomics courses from the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics & Human Factors.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
  • a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study

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You may be able to get into this job by doing a Human Factors Specialist Level 7 Degree Apprenticeship.

It can take around 3 years to complete this apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

To do this apprenticeship, you'll need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a degree apprenticeship

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If you work in industries like transport, healthcare or health and safety you may be able to complete short courses in ergonomics that will give you an insight into the field.

You can find out more from the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics & Human Factors.

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Professional and industry bodies

You can join the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics & Human Factors for professional development training, events and networking opportunities.

Further information

You'll find more about careers and training in ergonomics from the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics & Human Factors.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of psychology
  • maths knowledge
  • analytical thinking skills
  • knowledge of English language
  • complex problem-solving skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

You could:

  • visit workplaces and speak with clients to find out about issues that need solving
  • work with teams of professionals to develop ideas
  • design office layouts and advise on suitable furniture and equipment
  • advise on the organisation of production lines and workstations
  • design equipment and improve access for people with disabilities
  • develop equipment and systems that are easy to use and less likely to lead to problems
  • change transport design to increase the safety for the driver and passengers
  • design signs that are easy to understand
  • carry out user trials to test new designs, and provide feedback to the manufacturer or client
  • act as an expert witness in cases of industrial injury

Working environment

You could work at a client's business, in an office or at a university.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience, you could progress into line management or project management.

You could move into consultancy work, or provide specialist services like workplace design or health and safety.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

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  • Start date: 04 September 2024
  • Location: Retford

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  • Location: Leyland

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