Career outlook for ergonomist
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would help to design equipment and workplaces which are easier and more comfortable for people to use.
You’d use your knowledge of anatomy, physiology and psychology to research:
- The way muscles and limbs work
- The physical capabilities and limitations of the body
- How environmental factors such as noise, heat and lighting affect people
- How people think and behave when they use equipment and systems
You’d combine this information with your knowledge of industrial sociology to influence the manufacture of equipment so that it’s better suited to people’s needs.
You’d try to develop equipment and systems that are easy to use. This means they are less likely to lead to errors and will be more efficient.
You’d also suggest changes to the set-up and organisation of workplaces and processes.
Your work would vary depending on the particular job, but you could:
- Design office layouts
- Advise on suitable furniture and equipment
- Advise on the organisation of production lines and workstations
- Design equipment for people with disabilities
- Change vehicle design make them safer for drivers and passengers
- Test new designs with users and give feedback to the manufacturer or client
- Act as an expert witness in cases of industrial injury
You could also be involved in research or teaching.
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