Industrial Engineers

Industrial Engineer Checks Designs to Ensure Proper Machine Function

Industrial engineers use their knowledge of various disciplines—including systems engineering, management science, operations research, and fields such as ergonomics—to determine the most efficient and cost-effective methods for industrial production. They design systems that integrate materials, equipment, information, and people in the overall production process. Approximately 247,570 industrial engineers are employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Develop and implement systems and procedures utilized by industry; plan efficient use of workers, facilities, and equipment; organize and evaluate procedures; present findings to manufacturing team
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Any geographic location
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
Experience Internship and/or co-op; prior manufacturing experience
Personality Traits
  • Organized
  • Realistic
  • Technical
  • Computer
  • Math
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Engineering Manager
  • Facilities Planner
  • Quality Engineer
  • Engineer
  • Intern