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The downward spiral in the national economy that has negatively affected employment and budgetary issues in public and private organizations has had a similar impact on the human factors/ergonomics (HF/E) profession. This is evidenced by a sharp increase in the number of individuals requesting the use of the HFES Placement Service and a significant decrease in the number of employers posting job openings there. A closer look at the impact of the economy on the profession took place at the HFES Annual Meeting in Denver last October, when several managers of HF/E organizations came together in a session entitled “Round-table Discussion for HF/E Managers.” This article is a summary of that discussion.
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