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Ergonomist

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

Annual Salary

£20,000 to £60,000

Average UK salary in 2019 was £30,378
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

38 to 40 a week

You could work: between 8am and 6pm; attending events or appointments

What's it all about?

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.

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, or equivalent, for a degree
  • a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study
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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.

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.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

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
  • the ability to read English
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
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