How to become a Ergonomist

Ergonomists consider human capabilities and apply theory, principles, data and methods to design optimal solutions for human wellbeing and overall system performance.

Personal requirements of a Ergonomist

  • tactful and diplomatic
  • able to work independently or as part of a team
  • good communication skills
  • good interpersonal skills
  • discretion and respect for confidentiality and privacy
  • integrity and honesty.

Duties & Tasks of a Ergonomist

Ergonomists: • determine the demands placed on people by their activities, equipment, environment and systems in different contexts • identify the factors affecting people and their performance in various settings • develop and recommend options for ergonomic interventions • educate clients in the safe use and maintenance of the specialised equipment or systems prescribed • evaluate the quality and outcome of ergonomic interventions • conduct audits to gain insight on how to improve systems • develop and conduct appropriate ergonomics-related education and training • promote the application of ergonomics and contribute to ergonomic research.

Working conditions for a Ergonomist

Ergonomists work in a variety of settings, depending on the specific specialisation of their job. They often work in design, risk management, occupational health and safety, transport safety, patient safety and many other areas. They may spend time in settings such as offices, laboratories, industrial facilities, teaching environments or retail settings.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:


Employment by state:

ACT ACT 2.1%

NSW NSW 39.1%

NT NT 3.4%

QLD QLD 29.1%

SA SA 4.8%



WA WA 15.6%

Hours worked:



Lower unemployment

Gender split:

Male 74.4%

Female 25.6%

Education level:

Age brackets:

15-19 - 0%

20-24 - 0%

25-34 - 8%

35-44 - 36.2%

45-54 - 15.8%

55-59 - 16.8%

60-64 - 17.4%

65 and Over - 5.8%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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