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How to Become a

Industrial Engineer

Also Known as:
Research and Development Engineer (R and D Engineer), Continuous Improvement Engineer, Project Engineer, Engineer, Industrial Engineer, Quality Engineer, Process Engineer, Facilities Engineer, Plant Engineer, Operations Engineer

What is a

Industrial Engineer

Industrial Engineers design production layouts and processes with the purpose of increasing productivity, eliminating wastefulness, reducing costs, and ensuring quality standards are maintained. Industrial engineers explore ways to manufacture products or complete tasks in a quicker, more convenient manner. Professionals in this field rely on their knowledge of business organization, product requirements and safety methods to maximize output. Industrial engineers may also work to improve product delivery through better management methods and quality control. Industrial Engineers focus on how to get the work done most efficiently, balancing many factors, such as time, number of workers needed, available technology, actions workers need to take, achieving the end product with no errors, workers’ safety, environmental concerns, and cost.
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Why Become

Industrial Engineer

U.S. Employment Demand Metrics
2018:
284,600
2028:
308,400
Percent Change:
8%
Projected Annual Job Openings:
22,600

Skills Needed

General Skills:
Active Listening Critical Thinking Reading Comprehension Complex Problem Solving Speaking
Technical Skills:
Analytical or scientific software Computer aided design CAD software Development environment software Industrial control software Program testing software

What Will You Do as a

Industrial Engineer

Estimate operational costs. Determine operational methods. Analyze project data to determine specifications or requirements. Communicate technical information to suppliers, contractors, or regulatory agencies. Discuss designs or plans with clients. Confer with technical personnel to prepare designs or operational plans. Evaluate designs or specifications to ensure quality. Recommend technical design or process changes to improve efficiency, quality, or performance.
U.S. Employment Demand Metrics
2018:
284,600
professionals
2028:
308,400
professionals
Percent Change:
8%
Projected Annual Job Openings:
22,600

How Much Can You Earn?

Average Yearly Salary
$88,020
$70,540
$88,020
$134,070

What Education Do You need?

People starting in this career usually have
Less than High School Diploma
0
%
High School Diploma or Equivalent
7
%
Some College, but No Degree
11
%
Associate's Degree
8
%
Bachelor's Degree
52
%
Masters Degree
19
%
Doctorate or Professional Degree
2
%

Common Past Positions

Civil Engineers Industrial Engineering Technician Maintenance Electrician

Common Next Positions

Computer Hardware Engineers Mechanical Engineers Industrial Engineering Technician
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