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Human Factors Engineers and Ergonomists
District Of Columbia

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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.

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Currently Employed: 350

Projected Annual Job Openings: 20

Typical Hourly Wage: $33.73 - $53.66

Typical Annual Salary: $70,200 - $111,600

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Typical education needed for entry: Bachelor's degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: None

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typical job duties

  • Design or evaluate human work systems, using human factors engineering and ergonomic principles to optimize usability, cost, quality, safety, or performance.
  • Collect data through direct observation of work activities or witnessing the conduct of tests.
  • Conduct interviews or surveys of users or customers to collect information on topics such as requirements, needs, fatigue, ergonomics, or interfaces.
  • Prepare reports or presentations summarizing results or conclusions of human factors engineering or ergonomics activities, such as testing, investigation, or validation.
  • Recommend workplace changes to improve health and safety, using knowledge of potentially harmful factors, such as heavy loads or repetitive motions.
  • Assess the user-interface or usability characteristics of products.
  • Review health, safety, accident, or worker compensation records to evaluate safety program effectiveness or to identify jobs with high incidents of injury.
  • Perform functional, task, or anthropometric analysis, using tools such as checklists, surveys, videotaping or force measurement.
  • Conduct research to evaluate potential solutions related to changes in equipment design, procedures, manpower, personnel, or training.
  • Advocate for end users in collaboration with other professionals including engineers, designers, managers, or customers.

tools & technology

  • Digital camcorders or video cameras
  • Dynamometers
  • Physiological recorders
  • Sound measuring apparatus or decibel meter
  • Touch screen monitors

  • Analytical or scientific software
  • Graphical user interface development software
  • Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Internet browser software
  • Web platform development software

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