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Human Factors Engineers and Ergonomist

Design objects, facilities, and environments to optimize human well-being and overall system performance, applying theory, principles, and data regarding the relationship between humans and respective technology. Investigate and analyze characteristics of human behavior and performance as it relates to the use of technology.

Contact Info

Center for Career Exploration and Success

45 Armstrong Center

550 E. Spring St.

Oxford, OH 45056


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Related Job Titles

Certified Professional Ergonomist, Cognitive Engineer, Consulting Ergonomist, Ergonomic Consultant, Ergonomics Consultant, Ergonomics Technical Advisor, Ergonomist, Human Factors Advisor, Human Factors Engineer, Occupational Ergonomist

Facts and Stats

Your career outlook is looking good – just like these stats.

O*NET Code: 17-2112.01

O*NET Summary
  • $95k Median wages (annual)


  • 22,400 Projected job openings


  • 8-10% Projected growth (faster than average)


What you Need to Know

  • Engineering and Technology — Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Psychology — Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Education and Training — Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Related Programs

Top Technology Requirements Included in Job Postings

  • Analytical or scientific software — IBM SPSS Statistics; SAS; Statistical software; The MathWorks MATLAB
  • Graphics or photo imaging software — Adobe Systems Adobe Flash; Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator; Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop; Microsoft Visio
  • Object or component oriented development software — C++; jQuery; Oracle Java; R
  • Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Web platform development software — AJAX; Cascading Style Sheets CSS; Hypertext markup language HTML; JavaScript Object Notation JSON

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