Take your career to the next step by joining HFES! With members located throughout the United States and in more than 50 other nations, HFES is the largest multidisciplinary professional organization in the world for individuals in the HF/E field. HFES has 26 Technical Groups focused on niche topics, local and student chapters, along with special focus Affinity and Professional Groups.

The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society members include students, psychologists, engineers, designers, scientists, usability professionals, and others - all of whom have a common interest in designing systems and equipment to be safe and effective for the people who operate and maintain them. Members are employed in industries, universities and colleges, government agencies, consulting firms, military research centers, public utilities, and other settings.

HFES recognizes the considerable benefit that academicians, practitioners, and others from emerging nations can gain from our Society. Please review this list of designated countries to learn if you are eligible to join or renew your HFES membership at the discounted rate.   

For those members experiencing financial hardship, a dues waiver program has been established for those meeting certain conditions.  View this page for information.

Membership Categories

Click on the membership category below most applicable to you to apply for membership in HFES.

Full Member: $260
Any person with a master's or doctoral degree may join as a Full Member.  Additionally, those who have earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university and who possess a minimum of five full-time years of applicable experience in human factors work shall be eligible to become a Full Member of the Society.  There is a one-time application fee of $20. Full members may vote and hold elected office.

Associate Member: $260
Any person who has a minimum of two years full-time, relevant experience and is active in the human factors and ergonomics field shall be eligible to become an Associate Member of the Society. Associate Members may serve on committees and are entitled to publication and meeting registration discounts but may not vote, hold office, or represent themselves as Full Members of the Society. There is a one-time application fee of $20.

Affiliate Member: $260
Any person who is interested in the human factors/ergonomics discipline but who does not qualify for Full or Associate Membership may join HFES as an Affiliate Member. Affiliate Members may serve on committees and are entitled to publication and meeting registration discounts but may not vote, hold office, or represent themselves as Full Members of the Society. There is a one-time application fee of $20.

Student Affiliate Member: $35
Any person who is enrolled as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student at an accredited college or university shall be eligible to become a Student Affiliate Member. Student Affiliate membership requires an endorser: a faculty member from the student's institution.  There is no application fee. 

Note: To obtain the Student Affiliate rate, you must select "Current Student" in the "Highest Degree Obtained" field in your database record profile.


Early Career Associate Member: $125
Formerly Transitional Associate Member, this membership category is for those who were active Student Affiliate Members who have completed an undergraduate or graduate degree. The specially discounted rate applies for two years following graduation. Only Student Affiliate Members in good standing are eligible; there is no application for Early Career Associate Membership and assignment to this category can only be achieved by contacting the membership staff at HFES. There is no application fee.

Discounted Dues for Emerging Countries

Those from any of the nations on this list are eligible for reduced dues of $75 for Full, Associate, and Affiliate Membership. Students from these nations pay only $15.

Special Membership Categories

Emeritus Member: $70 (one-time dues payment)
Any Full Member in good standing for ten or more years immediately preceding their application for Emeritus membership shall qualify provided they are:  (1) at least 60 years of age, (2) retired, and (3) do not derive significant income from the practice of human factors. Further, any Full Member in good standing for ten or more years immediately preceding their application to become an Emeritus Member shall qualify if they (1) had to retire, at any age, due to a disability and (2) do not derive significant income from the practice of human factors.  For a one-time payment, Emeritus Members receive lifetime discounts on meeting registration rates and HFES publications.  Membership in technical groups is separate and must be renewed annually. Contact HFES staff for assistance in transitioning to Emeritus Member.

Note:  Emeritus Members must agree to maintain active status by updating their membership record at least annually and at the request of HFES.

Organizational Membership: Companies, institutions, government agencies, or other types of private and public entities may request an invoice to cover individual memberships under the umbrella of their organization. A minimum of five joining or renewing individuals is required and payment for individual membership under this plan does not brand the organization as a member of the Society.  Click here for more information

Sustaining Membership: Sustaining members are critically important to the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, allowing us to offer exemplary services to our members through implementation of new services and technology. Please consider joining this elite group of members to help us enhance HFES our services to the community of human factors and ergonomics practitioners, instructors, students, and others.  Click here for more information

Membership Benefits

HFES Members have access to a variety of resources that allow them to connect with fellow HF/E professionals and stay up to date on the latest research.

Benefits Include:

  • Journals and Publications
  • Discounts on Conference Registration
  • Human Factors/Ergonomics Advocacy
  • HFES Career Center
  • Technical Groups
  • Access to Content in the HFES Learning Center
  • Webinars
  • Local and Student Chapters

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Term of Membership

Memberships are for a calendar year, January 1 to December 31. Members joining prior to October 1 have access to all publications for the current year and to more than 20,000 archived articles and abstracts. Members who join after October 1 have access to all publications immediately and do not need to renew until the end of the following year.