Human Factors Engineers and Ergonomists

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.

Sample of reported job titles: Certified Professional Ergonomist, Cognitive Engineer, Consulting Ergonomist, Ergonomic Consultant, Ergonomics Consultant, Ergonomics Technical Advisor, Ergonomist, Human Factors Advisor, Human Factors Engineer, Occupational Ergonomist

Occupation-Specific Information

Tasks Save Table: XLSX CSV

ImportanceCategoryTask
84
 
Core
Design or evaluate human work systems, using human factors engineering and ergonomic principles to optimize usability, cost, quality, safety, or performance.
83
 
Core
Develop or implement human performance research, investigation, or analysis protocols.
83
 
Core
Recommend workplace changes to improve health and safety, using knowledge of potentially harmful factors, such as heavy loads or repetitive motions.
78
 
Core
Prepare reports or presentations summarizing results or conclusions of human factors engineering or ergonomics activities, such as testing, investigation, or validation.
78
 
Core
Inspect work sites to identify physical hazards.
76
 
Core
Collect data through direct observation of work activities or witnessing the conduct of tests.
75
 
Core
Provide technical support to clients through activities, such as rearranging workplace fixtures to reduce physical hazards or discomfort or modifying task sequences to reduce cycle time.
75
 
Core
Conduct interviews or surveys of users or customers to collect information on topics, such as requirements, needs, fatigue, ergonomics, or interfaces.
75
 
Core
Perform functional, task, or anthropometric analysis, using tools, such as checklists, surveys, videotaping, or force measurement.
74
 
Core
Integrate human factors requirements into operational hardware.
74
 
Core
Advocate for end users in collaboration with other professionals, including engineers, designers, managers, or customers.
73
 
Core
Write, review, or comment on documents, such as proposals, test plans, or procedures.
70
 
Core
Train users in task techniques or ergonomic principles.
69
 
Core
Establish system operating or training requirements to ensure optimized human-machine interfaces.
67
 
Core
Develop or implement research methodologies or statistical analysis plans to test and evaluate developmental prototypes used in new products or processes, such as cockpit designs, user workstations, or computerized human models.
66
 
Core
Assess the user-interface or usability characteristics of products.
65
 
Core
Review health, safety, accident, or worker compensation records to evaluate safety program effectiveness or to identify jobs with high incidence of injury.
63
 
Core
Conduct research to evaluate potential solutions related to changes in equipment design, procedures, manpower, personnel, or training.
61
 
Core
Analyze complex systems to determine potential for further development, production, interoperability, compatibility, or usefulness in a particular area, such as aviation.
59
 
Core
Estimate time or resource requirements for ergonomic or human factors research or development projects.
55
 
Core
Apply modeling or quantitative analysis to forecast events, such as human decisions or behaviors, the structure or processes of organizations, or the attitudes or actions of human groups.
54
 
Core
Operate testing equipment, such as heat stress meters, octave band analyzers, motion analysis equipment, inclinometers, light meters, thermoanemometers, sling psychrometers, or colorimetric detection tubes.
53
 
Core
Provide human factors technical expertise on topics, such as advanced user-interface technology development or the role of human users in automated or autonomous sub-systems in advanced vehicle systems.
50
 
Core
Design cognitive aids, such as procedural storyboards or decision support systems.
56
 
Supplemental
Investigate theoretical or conceptual issues, such as the human design considerations of lunar landers or habitats.
43
 
Supplemental
Perform statistical analyses, such as social network pattern analysis, network modeling, discrete event simulation, agent-based modeling, statistical natural language processing, computational sociology, mathematical optimization, or systems dynamics.

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Technology Skills Save Table: XLSX CSV

  • Analytical or scientific software — IBM SPSS Statistics Hot technology ; SAS Hot technology ; Statistical software; The MathWorks MATLAB Hot technology ; 15 more
  • Computer aided design CAD software — Autodesk AutoCAD Hot technology ; Dassault Systemes CATIA In Demand ; Dassault Systemes SolidWorks Hot technology
  • Content workflow software — Atlassian JIRA Hot technology
  • Desktop publishing software — Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign Hot technology
  • Development environment software — Adobe Systems Adobe Creative Suite; Microsoft Visual Basic Hot technology ; National Instruments LabVIEW
  • Document management software — Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat Hot technology
  • Electronic mail software — Microsoft Outlook Hot technology
  • Enterprise application integration software — Extensible markup language XML Hot technology
  • Graphical user interface development software — Altia Design; Graphical user interfaces GUI; Seeing Machines faceLAB
  • Graphics or photo imaging software — Adobe Systems Adobe Fireworks; Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator Hot technology ; Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop Hot technology
  • Internet browser software — Apple Safari; Microsoft Internet Explorer; Mozilla Firefox
  • Object or component oriented development software — C++ Hot technology ; jQuery Hot technology ; Oracle Java Hot technology ; R Hot technology ; 1 more
  • Office suite software — Microsoft Office software In-Demand Hot technology
  • Operating system software — Linux Hot technology
  • Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint In-Demand Hot technology
  • Process mapping and design software — Microsoft Visio Hot technology
  • Program testing software — Debugging software; TechSmith Morae; Usability testing software; User interface design software; 1 more
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel In-Demand Hot technology
  • Video creation and editing software — TechSmith Camtasia
  • Web page creation and editing software — Adobe Systems Adobe Dreamweaver
  • Web platform development software — AJAX Hot technology ; Cascading style sheets CSS Hot technology ; Hypertext markup language HTML Hot technology ; JavaScript Object Notation JSON Hot technology ; 2 more
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word Hot technology
Hot technology
Hot Technologies are requirements most frequently included across all employer job postings.
In demand
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Occupational Requirements

Work Activities Save Table: XLSX CSV

ImportanceWork Activity
87
 
Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
82
 
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
82
 
Working with Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
81
 
Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
81
 
Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
81
 
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
79
 
Providing Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.
76
 
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
76
 
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
75
 
Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
74
 
Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
74
 
Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
74
 
Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
72
 
Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
72
 
Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
69
 
Monitoring Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
69
 
Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
68
 
Communicating with People Outside the Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
63
 
Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
62
 
Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information — Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity.
60
 
Judging the Qualities of Objects, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
56
 
Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.
55
 
Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
55
 
Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
54
 
Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.
53
 
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Materials — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
51
 
Selling or Influencing Others — Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions.
49
 
Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
49
 
Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
44
 
Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
40
 
Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
32
 
Performing for or Working Directly with the Public — Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
31
 
Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling materials.
29
 
Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
29
 
Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment — Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.
21
 
Staffing Organizational Units — Recruiting, interviewing, selecting, hiring, and promoting employees in an organization.
20
 
Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
13
 
Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
11
 
Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or watercraft.
6
 
Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment — Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles.
4
 
Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment — Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.

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Detailed Work Activities Save Table: XLSX CSV

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Work Context Save Table: XLSX CSV

  • Electronic Mail — How often do you use electronic mail in this job?
    • 100%
      100%
       
      responded: Every day
  • Telephone — How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?
    • 71%
      71%
       
      responded: Every day
    • 24%
      24%
       
      responded: Once a week or more but not every day
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — How often do you have to have face-to-face discussions with individuals or teams in this job?
    • 62%
      62%
       
      responded: Every day
    • 33%
      33%
       
      responded: Once a week or more but not every day
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — How much decision making freedom, without supervision, does the job offer?
    • 62%
      62%
       
      responded: A lot of freedom
    • 24%
      24%
       
      responded: Some freedom
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — Number of hours typically worked in one week.
    • 67%
      67%
       
      responded: More than 40 hours
    • 29%
      29%
       
      responded: 40 hours
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — To what extent is this job structured for the worker, rather than allowing the worker to determine tasks, priorities, and goals?
    • 50%
      50%
       
      responded: A lot of freedom
    • 35%
      35%
       
      responded: Some freedom
  • Contact With Others — How much does this job require the worker to be in contact with others (face-to-face, by telephone, or otherwise) in order to perform it?
    • 38%
      38%
       
      responded: Constant contact with others
    • 43%
      43%
       
      responded: Contact with others most of the time
    • 14%
      14%
       
      responded: Contact with others about half the time
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions?
    • 55%
      55%
       
      responded: Every day
    • 15%
      15%
       
      responded: Once a week or more but not every day
    • 25%
      25%
       
      responded: Once a month or more but not every week
  • Work With Work Group or Team — How important is it to work with others in a group or team in this job?
    • 35%
      35%
       
      responded: Extremely important
    • 50%
      50%
       
      responded: Very important
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — How important is being very exact or highly accurate in performing this job?
    • 29%
      29%
       
      responded: Extremely important
    • 43%
      43%
       
      responded: Very important
    • 19%
      19%
       
      responded: Important
  • Spend Time Sitting — How much does this job require sitting?
    • 24%
      24%
       
      responded: Continually or almost continually
    • 38%
      38%
       
      responded: More than half the time
    • 38%
      38%
       
      responded: About half the time
  • Letters and Memos — How often does the job require written letters and memos?
    • 29%
      29%
       
      responded: Every day
    • 43%
      43%
       
      responded: Once a week or more but not every day
    • 14%
      14%
       
      responded: Once a month or more but not every week
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — How much responsibility is there for the health and safety of others in this job?
    • 48%
      48%
       
      responded: Very high responsibility
    • 19%
      19%
       
      responded: High responsibility
    • 14%
      14%
       
      responded: No responsibility
  • Time Pressure — How often does this job require the worker to meet strict deadlines?
    • 57%
      57%
       
      responded: Once a week or more but not every day
    • 33%
      33%
       
      responded: Once a month or more but not every week
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — How important is it to coordinate or lead others in accomplishing work activities in this job?
    • 24%
      24%
       
      responded: Extremely important
    • 38%
      38%
       
      responded: Very important
    • 24%
      24%
       
      responded: Important
    • 14%
      14%
       
      responded: Fairly important
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — What results do your decisions usually have on other people or the image or reputation or financial resources of your employer?
    • 19%
      19%
       
      responded: Very important results
    • 43%
      43%
       
      responded: Important results
    • 24%
      24%
       
      responded: Moderate results
    • 14%
      14%
       
      responded: Minor results
  • Frequency of Decision Making — How frequently is the worker required to make decisions that affect other people, the financial resources, and/or the image and reputation of the organization?
    • 24%
      24%
       
      responded: Every day
    • 24%
      24%
       
      responded: Once a week or more but not every day
    • 29%
      29%
       
      responded: Once a month or more but not every week
    • 24%
      24%
       
      responded: Once a year or more but not every month
  • Deal With External Customers — How important is it to work with external customers or the public in this job?
    • 14%
      14%
       
      responded: Extremely important
    • 38%
      38%
       
      responded: Very important
    • 24%
      24%
       
      responded: Important
    • 24%
      24%
       
      responded: Fairly important
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — How responsible is the worker for work outcomes and results of other workers?
    • 19%
      19%
       
      responded: Very high responsibility
    • 24%
      24%
       
      responded: High responsibility
    • 43%
      43%
       
      responded: Moderate responsibility
  • Physical Proximity — To what extent does this job require the worker to perform job tasks in close physical proximity to other people?
    • 38%
      38%
       
      responded: Moderately close (at arm's length)
    • 29%
      29%
       
      responded: Slightly close (e.g., shared office)
    • 24%
      24%
       
      responded: I work with others but not closely (e.g., private office)
  • Level of Competition — To what extent does this job require the worker to compete or to be aware of competitive pressures?
    • 14%
      14%
       
      responded: Extremely competitive
    • 19%
      19%
       
      responded: Highly competitive
    • 48%
      48%
       
      responded: Moderately competitive
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — How important is repeating the same physical activities (e.g., key entry) or mental activities (e.g., checking entries in a ledger) over and over, without stopping, to performing this job?
    • 14%
      14%
       
      responded: Extremely important
    • 29%
      29%
       
      responded: Very important
    • 14%
      14%
       
      responded: Important
    • 19%
      19%
       
      responded: Fairly important
    • 24%
      24%
       
      responded: Not important at all
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations — How often are there conflict situations the employee has to face in this job?
    • 29%
      29%
       
      responded: Once a week or more but not every day
    • 24%
      24%
       
      responded: Once a month or more but not every week
    • 48%
      48%
       
      responded: Once a year or more but not every month
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — How often does this job require working exposed to sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable?
    • 24%
      24%
       
      responded: Once a week or more but not every day
    • 29%
      29%
       
      responded: Once a month or more but not every week
    • 33%
      33%
       
      responded: Once a year or more but not every month
  • Public Speaking — How often do you have to perform public speaking in this job?
    • 57%
      57%
       
      responded: Once a month or more but not every week
    • 33%
      33%
       
      responded: Once a year or more but not every month
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — How much does this job require wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?
    • 24%
      24%
       
      responded: Once a week or more but not every day
    • 38%
      38%
       
      responded: Once a month or more but not every week
    • 29%
      29%
       
      responded: Once a year or more but not every month
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — How much does this job require making repetitive motions?
    • 14%
      14%
       
      responded: More than half the time
    • 19%
      19%
       
      responded: About half the time
    • 48%
      48%
       
      responded: Less than half the time
  • In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in a closed vehicle or equipment (e.g., car)?
    • 33%
      33%
       
      responded: Once a week or more but not every day
    • 43%
      43%
       
      responded: Once a year or more but not every month
    • 14%
      14%
       
      responded: Never
  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — How often does this job require working outdoors, exposed to all weather conditions?
    • 48%
      48%
       
      responded: Once a month or more but not every week
    • 38%
      38%
       
      responded: Once a year or more but not every month
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in non-controlled environmental conditions (e.g., warehouse without heat)?
    • 15%
      15%
       
      responded: Once a week or more but not every day
    • 35%
      35%
       
      responded: Once a month or more but not every week
    • 30%
      30%
       
      responded: Once a year or more but not every month
    • 20%
      20%
       
      responded: Never
  • Spend Time Standing — How much does this job require standing?
    • 45%
      45%
       
      responded: About half the time
    • 55%
      55%
       
      responded: Less than half the time
  • Consequence of Error — How serious would the result usually be if the worker made a mistake that was not readily correctable?
    • 14%
      14%
       
      responded: Extremely serious
    • 19%
      19%
       
      responded: Serious
    • 43%
      43%
       
      responded: Fairly serious
    • 24%
      24%
       
      responded: Not serious at all
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — How frequently does the worker have to deal with unpleasant, angry, or discourteous individuals as part of the job requirements?
    • 20%
      20%
       
      responded: Once a month or more but not every week
    • 60%
      60%
       
      responded: Once a year or more but not every month
  • Outdoors, Under Cover — How often does this job require working outdoors, under cover (e.g., structure with roof but no walls)?
    • 43%
      43%
       
      responded: Once a month or more but not every week
    • 48%
      48%
       
      responded: Once a year or more but not every month
  • Spend Time Walking and Running — How much does this job require walking and running?
    • 15%
      15%
       
      responded: About half the time
    • 80%
      80%
       
      responded: Less than half the time
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — How much does this job require using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?
    • 19%
      19%
       
      responded: About half the time
    • 52%
      52%
       
      responded: Less than half the time
    • 19%
      19%
       
      responded: Never
  • Exposed to Contaminants — How often does this job require working exposed to contaminants (such as pollutants, gases, dust or odors)?
    • 19%
      19%
       
      responded: Once a month or more but not every week
    • 48%
      48%
       
      responded: Once a year or more but not every month
    • 24%
      24%
       
      responded: Never
  • Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — How often does this job require working in extremely bright or inadequate lighting conditions?
    • 24%
      24%
       
      responded: Once a month or more but not every week
    • 52%
      52%
       
      responded: Once a year or more but not every month
    • 19%
      19%
       
      responded: Never
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — How often does this job require working in very hot (above 90 F degrees) or very cold (below 32 F degrees) temperatures?
    • 29%
      29%
       
      responded: Once a month or more but not every week
    • 48%
      48%
       
      responded: Once a year or more but not every month
    • 24%
      24%
       
      responded: Never
  • Work Schedules — How regular are the work schedules for this job?
    • 52%
      52%
       
      responded: Irregular (changes with weather conditions, production demands, or contract duration)
    • 48%
      48%
       
      responded: Regular (established routine, set schedule)
  • Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — How often does this job require working in cramped work spaces that requires getting into awkward positions?
    • 20%
      20%
       
      responded: Once a month or more but not every week
    • 45%
      45%
       
      responded: Once a year or more but not every month
    • 30%
      30%
       
      responded: Never
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous equipment?
    • 52%
      52%
       
      responded: Once a year or more but not every month
    • 33%
      33%
       
      responded: Never
  • Degree of Automation — How automated is the job?
    • 24%
      24%
       
      responded: Moderately automated
    • 24%
      24%
       
      responded: Slightly automated
    • 52%
      52%
       
      responded: Not at all automated
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous conditions?
    • 48%
      48%
       
      responded: Once a year or more but not every month
    • 43%
      43%
       
      responded: Never
  • Exposed to High Places — How often does this job require exposure to high places?
    • 52%
      52%
       
      responded: Once a year or more but not every month
    • 43%
      43%
       
      responded: Never
  • Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling — How much does this job require kneeling, crouching, stooping or crawling?
    • 62%
      62%
       
      responded: Less than half the time
    • 38%
      38%
       
      responded: Never
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — How much does this job require bending or twisting your body?
    • 52%
      52%
       
      responded: Less than half the time
    • 48%
      48%
       
      responded: Never
  • Wear Specialized Protective or Safety Equipment such as Breathing Apparatus, Safety Harness, Full Protection Suits, or Radiation Protection — How much does this job require wearing specialized protective or safety equipment such as breathing apparatus, safety harness, full protection suits, or radiation protection?
    • 48%
      48%
       
      responded: Once a year or more but not every month
    • 52%
      52%
       
      responded: Never
  • Spend Time Keeping or Regaining Balance — How much does this job require keeping or regaining your balance?
    • 24%
      24%
       
      responded: Less than half the time
    • 71%
      71%
       
      responded: Never
  • Exposed to Disease or Infections — How often does this job require exposure to disease/infections?
    • 30%
      30%
       
      responded: Once a year or more but not every month
    • 65%
      65%
       
      responded: Never
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — How often does this job require exposure to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings?
    • 14%
      14%
       
      responded: Once a year or more but not every month
    • 76%
      76%
       
      responded: Never
  • In an Open Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in an open vehicle or equipment (e.g., tractor)?
    • 33%
      33%
       
      responded: Once a year or more but not every month
    • 67%
      67%
       
      responded: Never
  • Spend Time Climbing Ladders, Scaffolds, or Poles — How much does this job require climbing ladders, scaffolds, or poles?
    • 30%
      30%
       
      responded: Less than half the time
    • 70%
      70%
       
      responded: Never
  • Deal With Physically Aggressive People — How frequently does this job require the worker to deal with physical aggression of violent individuals?
    • 15%
      15%
       
      responded: Once a year or more but not every month
    • 80%
      80%
       
      responded: Never
  • Exposed to Radiation — How often does this job require exposure to radiation?
    • 20%
      20%
       
      responded: Once a year or more but not every month
    • 80%
      80%
       
      responded: Never
  • Exposed to Whole Body Vibration — How often does this job require exposure to whole body vibration (e.g., operate a jackhammer)?
    • 20%
      20%
       
      responded: Once a year or more but not every month
    • 80%
      80%
       
      responded: Never
  • Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment — How important is it to this job that the pace is determined by the speed of equipment or machinery? (This does not refer to keeping busy at all times on this job.)
    • 90%
      90%
       
      responded: Not important at all

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Experience Requirements

Job Zone Save Table: XLSX CSV

Title
Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed
Education
Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).
Related Experience
Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.
Job Training
Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.
Job Zone Examples
These occupations often involve coordinating, training, supervising, or managing the activities of others to accomplish goals. Very advanced communication and organizational skills are required. Examples include pharmacists, lawyers, astronomers, biologists, clergy, physician assistants, and veterinarians.
SVP Range
Over 4 years of preparation (8.0 and above)

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Training & Credentials

State training
Local training
Certifications
State licenses
Apprenticeships
Have a career path or location in mind? Visit Apprenticeship.gov external site to find apprenticeship opportunities near you.

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Worker Requirements

Skills Save Table: XLSX CSV

ImportanceSkill
75
 
Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
75
 
Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
75
 
Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.
75
 
Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
72
 
Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
72
 
Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
69
 
Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
63
 
Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
63
 
Systems Evaluation — Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
60
 
Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
60
 
Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
56
 
Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
56
 
Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems.
56
 
Operations Analysis — Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
56
 
Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
56
 
Technology Design — Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.
53
 
Instructing — Teaching others how to do something.
50
 
Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
50
 
Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
50
 
Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.
47
 
Negotiation — Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
47
 
Persuasion — Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
47
 
Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people.
44
 
Management of Personnel Resources — Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
44
 
Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
31
 
Programming — Writing computer programs for various purposes.
28
 
Operations Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
28
 
Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
25
 
Management of Financial Resources — Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
25
 
Management of Material Resources — Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
19
 
Equipment Selection — Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
13
 
Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
0
 
Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
0
 
Installation — Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
0
 
Repairing — Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

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Knowledge Save Table: XLSX CSV

ImportanceKnowledge
73
 
Engineering and Technology — Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
70
 
Psychology — Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
69
 
English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
60
 
Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
60
 
Education and Training — Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
57
 
Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
57
 
Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
49
 
Administrative — Knowledge of administrative and office procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and workplace terminology.
49
 
Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
48
 
Administration and Management — Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
47
 
Sociology and Anthropology — Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures, and their history and origins.
45
 
Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
39
 
Public Safety and Security — Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
38
 
Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
37
 
Biology — Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
37
 
Law and Government — Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
34
 
Communications and Media — Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
34
 
Sales and Marketing — Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
33
 
Medicine and Dentistry — Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
33
 
Physics — Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub-atomic structures and processes.
31
 
Personnel and Human Resources — Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
22
 
Economics and Accounting — Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking, and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
17
 
Transportation — Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
15
 
Telecommunications — Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
14
 
Therapy and Counseling — Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
13
 
Building and Construction — Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
13
 
Chemistry — Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
11
 
Foreign Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of a foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.
10
 
Food Production — Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
10
 
Philosophy and Theology — Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.
4
 
History and Archeology — Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
3
 
Fine Arts — Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
3
 
Geography — Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.

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Education

How much education does a new hire need to perform a job in this occupation? Respondents said:

  • 48%
     
    responded: Master’s degree requiredmore info
  • 19%
     
    responded: Doctoral degree requiredmore info
  • 14%
     
    responded: Post-baccalaureate certificate required

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Worker Characteristics

Abilities Save Table: XLSX CSV

ImportanceAbility
75
 
Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
75
 
Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
75
 
Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
75
 
Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
75
 
Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
75
 
Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
69
 
Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
69
 
Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing that there is a problem.
66
 
Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
66
 
Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
63
 
Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
63
 
Fluency of Ideas — The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
60
 
Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
60
 
Originality — The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
56
 
Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
53
 
Flexibility of Closure — The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
53
 
Number Facility — The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
53
 
Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
50
 
Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance.
50
 
Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
50
 
Speed of Closure — The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
47
 
Perceptual Speed — The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
41
 
Memorization — The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
31
 
Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
28
 
Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
28
 
Time Sharing — The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
22
 
Depth Perception — The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
19
 
Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
19
 
Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
19
 
Spatial Orientation — The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.
13
 
Trunk Strength — The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without "giving out" or fatiguing.
10
 
Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
10
 
Wrist-Finger Speed — The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.
6
 
Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
3
 
Night Vision — The ability to see under low-light conditions.
3
 
Peripheral Vision — The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead.
0
 
Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
0
 
Dynamic Flexibility — The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.
0
 
Dynamic Strength — The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
0
 
Explosive Strength — The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
0
 
Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
0
 
Glare Sensitivity — The ability to see objects in the presence of a glare or bright lighting.
0
 
Gross Body Coordination — The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
0
 
Gross Body Equilibrium — The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
0
 
Multilimb Coordination — The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
0
 
Rate Control — The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
0
 
Reaction Time — The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
0
 
Response Orientation — The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.
0
 
Sound Localization — The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.
0
 
Speed of Limb Movement — The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
0
 
Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
0
 
Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.

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Interests Save Table: XLSX CSV

Occupational InterestInterest
83
 
Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
72
 
Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
33
 
Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
33
 
Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
28
 
Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
22
 
Artistic — Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.

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Work Values Save Table: XLSX CSV

ExtentWork Value
89
 
Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
83
 
Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
78
 
Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
67
 
Recognition — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.
56
 
Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
39
 
Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.

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Work Styles Save Table: XLSX CSV

ImportanceWork Style
88
 
Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
87
 
Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
86
 
Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
85
 
Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
81
 
Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
80
 
Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
78
 
Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
78
 
Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
75
 
Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
75
 
Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high-stress situations.
72
 
Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
72
 
Self-Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
66
 
Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
64
 
Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
64
 
Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
60
 
Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.

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Workforce Characteristics

Wages & Employment Trends

Median wage data for Industrial Engineers.
Employment data for Industrial Engineers.
Industry data for Industrial Engineers.
Median wages (2021)
$45.82 hourly, $95,300 annual
State wages
Local wages
Employment (2021)
301,000 employees
Projected growth (2021-2031)
Faster than average (8% to 10%)
Projected job openings (2021-2031)
22,400
State trends
Top industries (2021)
Manufacturing (71% employed in this sector)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2021 wage data external site and 2021-2031 employment projections external site. “Projected growth” represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2021-2031). “Projected job openings” represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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Job Openings on the Web

State job openings
Local job openings

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