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School of Design and Creative Arts

Design Ergonomics and Ergonomics (Human Factors)

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Careers Network is here to support you by providing information, advice, guidance, events and opportunities to enable you to secure placements, work experience, self-employment and graduate careers.

Working closely with your academic school, our team of experts ensures that every student has access to careers advice.  As well as large careers fairs, we hold sector-specific events, involving employers and Loughborough alumni, to help you make valuable connections and secure high-quality placements and graduate roles. 

To find out more about what we do and how we can support you, visit Meet the team

Details of the Placements Officers for your school can be found here.

We look forward to supporting throughout your Loughborough journey.

Key skills developed during your degree

  • Commercial and entrepreneurial skills
  • Communication skills
  • General and specialist it skills, such as computer-aided design (cad)
  • Presentation skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Teamworking skills
  • The ability to use your initiative and work independently
  • The ability to work to deadlines
  • Visual and spatial awareness

Career options

Graduate employment career options related to your degree:

To find out more about other careers see our Career Areas page or explore the Prospects Job Profiles.

Further study

Loughborough Design School offers a broad portfolio of taught postgraduate programmes designed to provide students with applied research, knowledge and professional skills relevant to the student's programme of study.

The school offers a first class environment for postgraduate study housed in a new state-of-the-art building.

The individual programmes are characterised by the balance and focus on key knowledge, skills and competencies. The flexibility and range of choice in the modules provided enables students to develop their own skills and competencies and to establish a personalised approach to the creative and/or analytical aspects of the four core themes.

Design related programmes are also available at the Loughborough University in London campus.

LDS also offers a number of postgraduate research opportunities including PhDs. 

Further study elsewhere:

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Where do graduates go?

What do Loughborough Design Ergonomics graduates do?

Destination details for 2018 graduates (under the new Graduate Outcomes survey) is due to be released soon.

Six months after graduating in 2017…

  • Main activity: 100% of those available were in work or further study (UK students only).
  • Mean salary: £26,000 for full-time graduate level employment (UK students only).
  • Industry Sectors (professional level roles): 50% were in Manufacturing and 50% were in Professional, scientific and technical activities.
  • Industry Locations (professional level roles): 50% were working in Scotland and 50% were working in the West Midlands.

Employers included:

Jaguar Land Rover, Stag Design, Tobias & Tobias.

Roles included:

Human Factors Engineer, Product Designer, User Experience Designer.

Further Study included:

Interior Living Space Design.

What do Loughborough Ergonomics (Human Factors Design) graduates do?

Destination details for 2018 graduates (under the new Graduate Outcomes survey) is due to be released soon.

Six months after graduating in 2017…

  • Main activity: 94.7% of those available were in work or further study (UK students only).
  • Mean salary: £25,339 for full-time graduate level employment (UK students only).
  • Industry Sectors (professional level roles): 36% were in Professional, scientific and technical activities, 14% were in Information and communication, 14% were in Manufacturing.
  • Industry Locations (professional level roles): 38% were working in London, 15% were working in the North West, 15% were working in the West Midlands, 8% were working in the East of England, 8% were working in England region unknown, 8% were working in the South West, 8% were working in Yorkshire & the Humber and 8% were working in Other EU.

Employers included:

Cambridge Design Partnership, Jaguar Land Rover, Liv Systems, NG Bailys, PDD Group Ltd., Plinth. Tech, Propeller Design AB, Reed Business Information, Risktec Solutions Ltd.

Roles included:

Design Engineer, Ergonomist, Graduate Engineer,  Human Factors Graduate, Human Factors Specialist, Project Manager,  Human Factor/Useability Consultant, User Experience Designer, UX/UI Designer.

Further Study included:

MSc Digital Service Design, MSc in Design Innovation Management, Human Factors for Inclusive Design.

Further information

Resources to research career areas

Resources to find experience, placements and graduate jobs

There are a wide range of resources available to you to search for placement, internship and work experience opportunities.

There are many opportunities advertised on Careers Online, the University’s online vacancy system.

Websites:

Professional bodies, sector and labour market information (LMI)

Professional bodies

AIGA - the professional association for design

British Psychological Society 

HFES - Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

IAI - Information Architechture Institute

IXDA - Interaction Design Association

The Chartered Institute for Ergonomics and Human Factors

UX Matters

UXPA - User Experience Professionals' Association