Training Ergonomists in Portugal: 32 Years of Experience

  • José CarvalhaisEmail author
  • Teresa Cotrim
  • Anabela Simões
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 824)


Ergonomics in Portugal as an undergraduate university course started in 1985, at the Faculty of Human Kinetics (FMH). During the last 32 years, changes have been introduced. Since 2007 the length of the course and rearrangement of the contents suffered modifications determined by the Bologna Agreement. Aiming at characterizing the profession, two questionnaires were applied to ergonomists. The first questionnaire was applied by FMH to a sample of 48 ergonomists and the second questionnaire was applied by the Portuguese Association (APERGO) to 43 ergonomists. Regarding the need of ergonomists in Portugal the prevalent opinion is that more ergonomists are and will be needed. Most of the ergonomists develop their work activity in the domain of Ergonomics (60.47%) and/or Health and Safety at work (55.8%). The Services sector (53.5%) is the main sector of activity for more than half of the sample. Industry (30.2%) and Education/Training (20.93%) are other sectors more represented. During the last years of economic crisis the training of ergonomists in Portugal has been questioned based on its costs. However, new demands are emerging and ergonomists will be needed in the future.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ergonomics Lab., Faculdade de Motricidade HumanaUniversidade de LisboaCruz Quebrada-DafundoPortugal
  2. 2.CIAUD, Faculdade de ArquiteturaUniversidade de LisboaLisbonPortugal
  3. 3.DREAMSUniversidade Lusófona de Humanidades e TecnologiasLisbonPortugal

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