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Ergonomist

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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 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

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.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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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.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
5744
1.2 %
RISE
2023
5812
  United Kingdom
2018
67676
2.4 %
RISE
2023
69274

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What Does it Take?

You should be:

Training

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.

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (CIEHF)
Website: http://www.ergonomics.org.uk
Twitter: @CIEHF
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Institute-of-Ergonomics-and-Human-Factors/454910777962152

Design Council
Tel: 020 7420 5200
E-mail: info@designcouncil.org.uk
Website: http://www.designcouncil.org.uk/
Twitter: @designcouncil
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DesignCouncil

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