Industrial Engineer Career Field

industrial engineerIndustrial engineers are responsible to 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.

Education Requirements

Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering field or Physical Sciences (4 years)
Master’s Degree in Engineering field (2 years beyond a bachelor’s degree)
Almost every industrial engineering job requires a bachelor’s degree in engineering, a natural science, or mathematics. Many industrial engineers will
obtain a degree in mechanical engineering. Management industrial engineering positions in large companies will almost always require a master’s degree in business or an engineering field.


Mechanics and Materials
Dynamics and Controls
Systems, Modeling, and Control
Product Design
Design of Electromechanical Systems
Design and Manufacturing
Safety & First Aid
The Art of Approximation in Science & Engineering

Employment Trends

Job Availability of industrial engineers as of May 2008: 214,800
Projected Employment of industrial engineers through in 2018: 245,300
Average Annual salary for industrial engineers in U.S. in 2008: $78,450

Top Colleges

Walden University
Full-Sail University
Ashford University
Grand Canyon University
University of Phoenix


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Article Reference: Bureau of Labor Statistics
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