Human Factors Engineers and Ergonomists

General Information

Description

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.

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Job Outlook

Employment of industrial engineers is projected to grow 14 percent from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations. About 23,300 openings for industrial engineers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$88,950

State-by-state Salary

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$107,160
$59,840
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Master's degree 47%
  • Doctoral degree 19%
  • Post baccalaureate 14%
  • Bachelor's degree 9%
  • Post-master's certificate 9%
  • High school 0%
  • Some college 0%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • First professional degree 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%

Knowledge

  • Education and Training
  • Engineering and Technology
  • English Language
  • Psychology
  • Mathematics

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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