What jobs could be done as a human factor engineer?

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    Shuaikun Hou
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    I really like this area and found it interesting. However, I am not quite sure about what positions a human factor engineer can pursue besides being researchers.

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    Andrew Trotter
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    That is a good question which I am also curious about. I’ve had this conversation before with some of my peers and they noted that to become a full time human factors engineer, you need to have at least some graduate school or even a phd.

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    Alex
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    I took an aviation class for my engineering elective requirement, and they have a surprisingly high demand for human factors specialists. The instruments used by pilots, ground control crews, and flight tower are quite complicated, so manufacturers need an optimal layout so the regulatory body can standardize it across the industry.  Additionally, in processes such as taking off and landing, communication among pilots of many nationalities gets increasingly complex, so airlines have developed standard protocols to minimize the impact of different language and culture.

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    Joe Tadych
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    I believe most Industrial Engineering jobs will require some level of human factors knowledge since it is important to keep workers safe at their place of work. As far as purely human factors engineering jobs, I could see some consulting positions being human factors jobs. As Andrew mentioned, I believe at least some grad school would be required for any full time human factors engineering job.

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    #4204
    Nicholas Kizewski
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    As an industrial engineer, a portion of your curriculum is dedicated to studying human factors engineering. While ISYE can provide an excellent base for HF engineering, having knowledge of psychology and ergonomics is also helpful. Human factors engineers can work in areas including human centered design, improving manufacturing practices, and refining workplace ergonomics to name a few.

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    Hanna
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    An idea that comes to my mind right away is the role human factors engineers play with advances in technology. For example, when there is a new gadget, people need to be able to easily learn how to use it. If they cannot intuitively navigate through the user interface, then the new gadget may just as well become useless. For example, I love Apple products because I find them very user-friendly. For this reason, I suppose the success of these products can largely be attributed to human factors engineers.

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    Emma Wagner
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    From my classes, I have seen human factors applied mainly to the healthcare industry, but it is definitely needed across more industries than that. The healthcare industry is facing a huge change because of the implementation of technology, and it requires human factors engineering because of the critical role the technology has for providing high quality healthcare services. Without human factors and user-friendly technology, people’s lives will be at stake.

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    Alec Bernstein
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    Although I have only taken ISyE 349 to learn about Human Factors engineering, I think that there are a lot of jobs in the aviation and automobile industry. Heavy emphasis has to be put on the controls in the cockpit in airplanes and HFE have the best knowledge of how to design these controls to balance the human and computer interactions. From ISyE 417, Health Systems Engineering, you can also learn more about human factors related to healthcare.

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    #4627
    Chenyi Zhao
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    I also thought about this question before. From my perspective, I think there some requirement for designers to consider the ergonomics aspect problem. Instead of needing industrial Engineers, I think some industrial designer replaced the industrial engineer’s position in some company.

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    #4753
    Joshua Fernandez
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    That is a really good question! I found this link particularly helpful:

    https://www.owlguru.com/career/human-factors-engineers-and-ergonomists/job-description/

     

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    #6805
    Finley Myers
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    Although it is not technically a “human factors engineering” position, I have met several safety engineers at multiple organizations that spent a plurality of their time working with human factors. These individuals have had a mix of bachelors and masters degrees as their highest level of engineering.

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    #6867
    Ethan Gudmundsson
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    Another potential Human Factors job area would be in mass transit design, in making an intuitive system to use and designing it to be accessible by all kinds of people.

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    Max Melnarik
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    These are all very interesting! I knew that human factors engineers were very prevalent in the airline industry, but I had no idea just how many possibilities for careers a Human Factors engineer has!

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    Zhehan Zhang
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    One of a possible human factor engineer positions is to help building highly intelligent prosthesis. It is a very hard problem and requires a lot of knowledge from human factors and other IE related topics.

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