Ergonomist

Alternative titles for this job include Human factors specialist

Ergonomists help to make sure that equipment and machinery is safe and easy to use.

Average salary (a year)

£20,000 Starter

to

£60,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

38 to 40 a week

You could work

between 8am and 6pm attending events or appointments

How to become an ergonomist

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course

University

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

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

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

More information

More information

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

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of psychology
  • maths knowledge
  • analytical thinking skills
  • knowledge of English language
  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your tasks will vary depending on your role, but will usually include:

  • speaking with clients to find out more about the issue that needs solving
  • designing office layouts and advising on suitable furniture and equipment
  • advising on the organisation of production lines and workstations
  • designing equipment and improving access for people with disabilities
  • developing equipment and systems that are easy to use and less likely to lead to problems
  • changing transport design to increase the safety for the driver and passengers
  • designing signs that are easy to understand
  • carrying out user trials to test new designs, and providing feedback to the manufacturer or client
  • acting as an expert witness in cases of industrial injury

Working environment

You could work in an office or at a university.

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

Apprenticeships In England

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Courses In England

IBCP Design Engineering Tech - level 3 Diploma

  • Provider: Dane Court Grammar School
  • Start date: 01 September 2020
  • Location: BROADSTAIRS

FdEng/HNC Engineering - Electronic Design

  • Provider: Bournemouth & Poole College
  • Start date: 07 September 2020
  • Location: Poole

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