Ergonomists ensure that the designs of systems, equipment and facilities provide the best levels of efficiency, comfort and health and safety for anyone using them. Known as human factors specialists, their role involves ensuring that equipment and products are as safe and easy to use as possible. They also promote both health and productivity in a work environment.
You may be involved in the design of new products and could work in a range of environments, such as defense, energy, health and safety, healthcare, IT, manufacturing and transport.
By scientifically studying the relationship between people, environments and equipment, you’ll use your findings to improve human interaction with processes and systems.
Starting salary: £19,000 to £27,000. Senior ergonomists: £35,000 to £65,000. At the highest levels: in excess of £65,000.
Typically work 9 am - 5 pm, Monday to Friday, although some roles will require evening, weekend or shift work depending on sector.
Ergonomics is well established in many sectors, such as defense and rail. There are relatively few qualified professionals, thus in high demand.
Skills Valued by Employers
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Strong listening skills
- A good level of numeracy
- The ability to understand technical concepts
- An interest in and understanding of people’s behavior in different situations
- The ability to work well in a team and independently
- Organization and problem-solving skills
- A systematic approach to studying people in their work environment and producing research
- A practical and common-sense approach to work
- Project management skills
- Negotiation skills.