Designs 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. May also investigate and analyze characteristics of human behavior and performance as it relates to the use of technology.
This career is part of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics cluster Engineering and Technology pathway.
A person in this career:
- Designs or evaluates human work systems, using human factors engineering and ergonomic principles to optimize usability, cost, quality, safety, or performance.
- Collects data through direct observation of work activities or witnessings the conduct of tests.
- Conducts interviews or surveys of users or customers to collect information on topics such as requirements, needs, fatigue, ergonomics, or interfaces.
- Prepares reports or presentations summarizing results or conclusions of human factors engineering or ergonomics activities, such as testing, investigation, or validation.
- Recommends workplace changes to improve health and safety, using knowledge of potentially harmful factors, such as heavy loads or repetitive motions.
- Assesses the user-interface or usability characteristics of products.
- Reviews health, safety, accident, or worker compensation records to evaluate safety program effectiveness or to identify jobs with high incidence of injury.
- Performs functional, task, or anthropometric analysis, using tools such as checklists, surveys, videotaping or force measurement.
- Advocates for end users in collaboration with other professionals, including engineers, designers, managers, or customers.
- Conducts research to evaluate potential solutions related to changes in equipment design, procedures, manpower, personnel, or training.