Industrial Engineers

General Information

Description

Design, develop, test, and evaluate integrated systems for managing industrial production processes, including human work factors, quality control, inventory control, logistics and material flow, cost analysis, and production coordination.

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Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Job Outlook

Employment of industrial engineers is projected to grow 14 percent from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations. About 23,300 openings for industrial engineers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$88,950

Military salary*

$111,719

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State-by-state Salary

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$107,160
$59,840
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Bachelor's degree 58%
  • Some college 15%
  • Master's degree 11%
  • High school 7%
  • Post baccalaureate 4%
  • Associate's degree 2%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%

Knowledge

  • Design
  • Mechanical
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Production and Processing

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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