Careers in ergonomics and human factors

Making life better

You’d have to go a long way to find a career as varied, exciting, challenging and rewarding as this. Where else could you sit in the cockpit of a fighter plane, stand on an oil platform out at sea, drive a high-speed train and walk in a virtual world? Where else could you watch close-up a surgical operation, air traffic control, a power plant start-up or robots building state-of-the-art vehicles?

And you don’t even have to choose between them! Ergonomists and human factors specialists might experience many of these situations during their career. ‘Experience’ is the key word here – and that’s what makes the difference between a career in this discipline and any other.

Experience life

It’s your job to make life better in some way (no pressure then) and the best way to do that is to understand exactly what someone else is experiencing by putting yourself in their shoes.

By doing this and then applying your specialist knowledge about people and their capabilities and limitations, you’ll be able to help develop their tools, equipment, tasks and workspaces to make their jobs safer, more efficient and more productive, whilst also helping to make them more comfortable, more motivated and happier. It’s a big ask, but it’s within your grasp as a qualified ergonomist and human factors specialist.

And we are here to support you. We can point you in the right direction to get you from where you are now, to where you want to be. You won't believe where a career in ergonomics and human factors can take you.

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CIEHF Career Stories

There are so many ways that you can get into this amazing discipline that we thought it would be great to hear direct from our members about how they got into the discipline and their experiences so far. Take some time to watch our series of career stories below and be amazed at their journeys in ergonomics and human factors.

Ergonomics and Human Factors Careers Guide

Download your free copy of the Ergonomics and Human Factors Careers Guide

EHF Careers Guide

Ergonomics & Human Factors Careers Day

This is the only event in the UK dedicated to providing information about careers in ergonomics and human factors. It usually takes place in February every year. Please check our events page for more information.