Ergonomist | Selby College
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Ergonomists help to make sure that equipment and machinery is safe and easy to use.

Potential salary

£20,000 to £60,000

Employment by 2024


Working hours

38 to 40 a week

  • 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

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

You could work in an office or at a university.

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.

You'll find more about careers and training in ergonomics from the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics & Human Factors.

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