Human Factors Engineers and Ergonomists

AUTOMATION RISK
CALCULATED
17%
risk level
POLLING
44%
Based on 17 votes
LABOR DEMAND *
GROWTH
10.2%
by year 2032
WAGES
$99,380
or $47.77 per hour
Volume
332,870
as of 2023

Employment data isn't available specifically for this occupation from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, so we are using the data from Industrial Engineers.

SUMMARY
JOB SCORE
7.5/10

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Automation risk

17% (Minimal Risk)

Minimal Risk (0-20%): Occupations in this category have a low probability of being automated, as they typically demand complex problem-solving, creativity, strong interpersonal skills, and a high degree of manual dexterity. These jobs often involve intricate hand movements and precise coordination, making it difficult for machines to replicate the required tasks.

More information on what this score is, and how it is calculated is available here.

Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Originality

  • Social Perceptiveness

User poll

44% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted they are unsure if this occupation will be automated. However, employees may be able to find reassurance in the automated risk level we have generated, which shows 17% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Human Factors Engineers and Ergonomists will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?






Growth

Very fast growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Industrial Engineers' job openings is expected to rise 10.2% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.

Wages

Very high paid relative to other professions

In 2023, the median annual wage for 'Industrial Engineers' was $99,380, or $47 per hour

'Industrial Engineers' were paid 106.8% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $48,060

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Volume

Significantly greater range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2023 there were 332,870 people employed as 'Industrial Engineers' within the United States.

This represents around 0.22% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 456 people are employed as 'Industrial Engineers'.

Job description

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.

SOC Code: 17-2112.01

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