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Ergonomists

OaSIS code 41400.01

Ergonomists or human factors specialists conduct research, prepare reports and provide consultation and advice on, and intervene in, the physical, social and psychological interrelationships between persons, their equipment and the environment.

Overview

Also known as

  • Ergonomics specialist
  • Ergonomist

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Conduct research and advise on, and intervene in the physical, social and psychological interrelationships between persons, their equipment and working or living environments to ensure that the design, configuration and use of equipment, procedures and environmental conditions maximize safety, productivity and comfort.

Additional information

  • Progression to supervisory or managerial positions in these fields is possible with experience.

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Exclusions:

  • Physicists and astronomers (21100)
  • Chemists (21101)
  • Geoscientists and oceanographers (21102)
  • Meteorologists and climatologists (21103)
  • Other professional occupations in physical sciences (21109)

Work characteristics

Work characteristics gathers the various components describing the work environment of each occupation, such as employers, work activities, and the work context. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of complexity (for Work Activities) or other measurement dimensions (for Work Context), and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Work Activities

Proficiency or complexity level
Communicating with Coworkers
5 - Highest Level
Providing Consultation and Advice
5 - Highest Level
Selling or Influencing Others
5 - Highest Level
Analyzing Data or Information
4 - High Level
Applying New Knowledge
4 - High Level

Work Context

Structural Job Characteristics

Structured versus Unstructured Work
Degree of freedom to determine tasks and priorities
3 - Moderate amount of freedom
Work Week Duration
Worked hours in a typical week
2 - Between 35 to 40 hours

Physical Work Environment

Physical Proximity
Physical distance from others
4 - Close (at arm’s length)

Physical Demands

Sitting
Duration
3 - About half the time
Standing
Duration
3 - About half the time
Bending or Twisting the Body
Duration
1 - Very little time

Interpersonal Relations

Contact with Others
Frequency
4 - Every day, a few times per day
Duration
4 - More than half the time
Work with Work Group or Team
Importance
3 - Important
Frequency
3 - Once a week or more but not every day

Workplaces/employers

  • Computer manufacturers
  • Consulting firms
  • Education institutions
  • Environmental and conservation organizations
  • Federal government
  • Municipal governments
  • Office furniture manufacturers
  • Provincial governments
  • Research organizations
  • Self-employment

Skills and abilities

This section displays the various competencies required for an occupation. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of proficiency (for Skills and Abilities) or importance (for Personal Attributes) and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Abilities

Proficiency or complexity level
Deductive Reasoning
4 - High Level
Inductive Reasoning
4 - High Level
Information Ordering
4 - High Level
Mathematical Reasoning
4 - High Level
Memorizing
4 - High Level

Skills

Proficiency or complexity level
Critical Thinking
4 - High Level
Decision Making
4 - High Level
Evaluation
4 - High Level
Instructing
4 - High Level
Learning and Teaching Strategies
4 - High Level

Personal Attributes

Importance
Attention to Detail
5 - Extremely important
Collaboration
5 - Extremely important
Active Learning
4 - Highly important
Adaptability
4 - Highly important
Analytical Thinking
4 - Highly important