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Ergonomists, or human factors specialists, are concerned with the relationship between people and their surroundings, and the equipment they use. They use knowledge of physiology and anatomy to design or improve objects, systems or people’s working or leisure environments. Alternative job titles include usability professional, human factors engineer or health and safety specialist.

The Work

You could be:


Pay rates vary, depending on:

Recently qualified ergonomics graduates start earning around £20,000 to £25,000 a year. With experience, they can earn around £30,000 to £40,000 a year or more. Senior ergonomists can earn over £60,000 a year.


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Getting In

Ergonomics is a small profession. Entry is competitive and there is no single way in.

You could work for a manufacturing company, a design consultancy or an engineering consultancy. There are also opportunities in health and safety, occupational psychology, construction, architecture and the Armed Forces.

What Does it Take?

You should be:


Getting On

More Information

Ergonomists work in a wide range of fields including healthcare, transport, retail, sport and leisure, process industries, agriculture and forestry, construction, architecture, education, technology and defence. You can find out more about the diverse choices a career in ergonomics on the Ergonomics4schools website.


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The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (CIEHF)
Twitter: @CIEHF

Design Council
Tel: 020 7420 5200
Twitter: @designcouncil

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