Human Factors and Engineering Careers--All Graduate Levels

Human Factors and Engineering Careers that Require a PhD in Psychology

Can I pursue a PhD in Human Factors and Engineering Psychology with my Psychology degree?

The answer to this question is a definite "Yes". Once you graduate with your Psychology degree, you will need to first earn a Masters’ before earning PhD., either from another school or the same school you attend for PhD training. When you go to earn a PhD you are committing yourself to training in research, with the hope of a job at a college or university, working for the government (e.g., developing technology for the Air Force), or beginning a career with a private. Your job will likely involve designing, improving, and implementing various types of technology to make man-machine interaction more efficient.

The PhD path typically requires 4-6 years of graduate school so that you can ultimately complete your dissertation (research project). At many schools you do NOT pay tuition. In addition, at many schools you receive a stipend--salary for serving as a Teaching Assistant (TA) or Research Assistant (RA). Always check with graduate programs about financial support before you apply.

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Human Factors & Engineering Psychology Careers--Master's in Psychology

Human Factors & Engineering Psychology Careers that Require a Master's Degree in Psychology

How can my Psychology degree lead to a career in Human Factors and Engineering Psychology with a Master's degree?

Once you earn you degree in Psychology, you can move forward toward a Master's degree in Human Factors and Engineering Psychology. A Master's degree tends to offer greater job opportunities and greater salary than a Bachelor’s degree. Jobs in this career category jobs are located in the government (think the military, NASA and U.S. Department of Transportation), as well as with private companies and corporations. You may find a job working on the design, improvement, and implementation of navigation systems, mobile phones, medical equipment, motor vehicles, and military technology. As you can imagine, ll of these possibilities are exciting and on the cutting edge of technology.

It usually requires 2 years of graduate school to complete a Master's thesis (research project). Typically, when yu attend graduate school to earn a Master's degree you must pay tuition. and there is usually no stipend (salary) to serve as a Research or Teaching Assistant. However, you never know what financial support is available so always check with the schools you plan on applying to. A specialization in human factors trains students to apply basic research skills in the cognitive sciences to "real-world" problems. Students in an MA program can often elect to focus on either professional training or preparation for a doctoral program. Both tracks stress the analytic and empirical methodologies that are used in all phases of interactive systems design (where this is broadly defined to include any human-machine system). The power and interpretation of these techniques reside in their relationship to cognitive theory. The professional training track emphasizes coursework and practical experience; the doctoral preparation track typically involves students in research projects.

Here is a comprehensive list of graduate programs in Human Factors from the Human Factors and Ergonomic Society website.

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