Industrial Engineering

Overview – Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment – Career Path Forecast – Resources

Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center.

Overview – Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment – Career Path Forecast – Resources Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center. machines.Industrial Engineering Overview: Industrial engineers determine the most effective ways to use the basic factors of production -. materials. and energy -.people. healthcare. They are the bridge between management goals and operational performance.to make a product or to provide a service. . information. they may also work in consulting services. Although most industrial engineers work in manufacturing industries. and communications.

industrial engineers carefully study the product and its requirements. They develop management control systems to aid in financial planning and cost analysis and design production planning and control systems to ensure product quality. They also design or improve systems for the physical distribution of goods and services. use mathematical methods to meet those requirements.Industrial Engineering Overview (continued): To solve organizational. and related problems most efficiently. and design manufacturing and information systems. production. . Overview – Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment – Career Path Forecast – Resources Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center.

Environmental engineering programs usually provide broad studies in the physical. Overview – Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment – Career Path Forecast – Resources Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center. and/or chemical engineering. civil. especially in specialties in high demand. and biological sciences in addition to course work in environmental. chemical. College graduates with a degree in a physical science or mathematics occasionally may qualify for some engineering jobs. .Industrial Engineering Preparation: A bachelor's degree in engineering is required for almost all entry-level engineering jobs.

or environmental science degree programs. and computer and information technology. social studies.Industrial Engineering Preparation (continued): In some Industrial Engineering programs. and physics). and calculus) and science (biology. Overview – Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment – Career Path Forecast – Resources Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center. chemistry. humanities. geometry. Admissions requirements for undergraduate engineering schools include a solid background in mathematics (algebra. and courses in English. chemical engineering. students may participate in an environmental engineering option within civil engineering. trigonometry. .

. A list of universities offering accredited degrees in Industrial Engineering is available at the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center. and institutional commitment. facilities. curricular content. Overview – Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment – Career Path Forecast – Resources Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center. faculty. program improvement. Accreditation is based on an evaluation of an engineering program's student achievement.Industrial Engineering Preparation (continued): Those interested in a career in Industrial Engineering should consider reviewing engineering programs that are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. Inc.

Industrial Engineering Day in the Life: Beginning engineering graduates usually work under the supervision of experienced engineers and. solve problems. supervise a staff or team of engineers and technicians. become engineering managers. Overview – Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment – Career Path Forecast – Resources Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center. they are assigned more difficult projects with greater independence to develop designs. Engineers may advance to become technical specialists. . also may receive formal classroom or seminar-type training. As new engineers gain knowledge and experience. in large companies. and make decisions. or enter a sales force.

Overview – Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment – Career Path Forecast – Resources Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center. They should be able to work as part of a team and to communicate well.Industrial Engineering Day in the Life (continued): Teams and Coworkers Almost all jobs in engineering require some sort of interaction with coworkers. most engineers have to have the ability to communicate and work with other people. Engineers should be creative. and detail-oriented. inquisitive. . Whether they are working in a team situation. both orally and in writing. analytical. or just asking for advice.

methods of business organization. They are more concerned with increasing productivity through the management of people. who generally work more with products or processes.Industrial Engineering Day in the Life (continued): Tasks Industrial engineers are the bridge between management goals and operational performance. Overview – Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment – Career Path Forecast – Resources Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center. . and technology than are engineers in other specialties.

and technical services firms.Industrial Engineering Day in the Life (continued): The Workplace Six in 10 industrial engineers are employed in manufacturing industries. Overview – Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment – Career Path Forecast – Resources Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center. industrial engineers are more widely distributed among industries than are other engineers. scientific. Because their skills can be used in almost any type of organization. . many of whom provide consulting services to manufacturing firms. and an additional 1 in 10 worked in professional.

Bureau of Labor Statistics. According to a July 2009 survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers. Department of Labor. the median income for industrial engineers is $73. . Overview – Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment – Career Path Forecast – Resources Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center.358.S.820. the average starting salary for industrial engineers who have earned a Bachelor's degree is $58.Industrial Engineering Earnings: According the U.

and technical services firms. Six in 10 of these jobs were in manufacturing industries. Overview – Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment – Career Path Forecast – Resources Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center.S. many of whom provide consulting services to manufacturing firms. .Industrial Engineering Employment: According to the U. industrial engineers hold about 214. Bureau of Labor Statistics. scientific.800 jobs in the United States. and an additional 1 in 10 worked in professional.

Overview – Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment – Career Path Forecast – Resources Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center.Industrial Engineering Employment (continued): Because their skills can be used in almost any type of organization. . A sample list of employers of Industrial Engineers is available at the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center. industrial engineers are more widely distributed among industries than are other engineers.

they increasingly will turn to industrial engineers to develop more efficient processes and reduce costs. As firms look for new ways to reduce costs and raise productivity. faster than the average for all occupations. industrial engineers are expected to have employment growth of 14 percent between 2008 and 2018. Department of Labor. and waste.S. . delays.Industrial Engineering Career Path Forecast: According to the U. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Overview – Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment – Career Path Forecast – Resources Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center.

many industrial engineers leave the occupation to become managers. even in some manufacturing industries with declining employment overall.Industrial Engineering Career Path Forecast (continued): This focus should lead to job growth for these engineers. Because their work is similar to that done in management occupations. Overview – Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment – Career Path Forecast – Resources Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center. Numerous openings will be created by the need to replace industrial engineers who transfer to other occupations or leave the labor force. .

. including employer lists. a free monthly careers newsletter. Associations:  Institute of Industrial Engineers Overview – Preparation – Day in the Life – Earnings – Employment – Career Path Forecast – Resources Developed by the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center.Industrial Engineering Resources: More information about Industrial Engineering is available at the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center. accredited Industrial Engineering programs. suggestions for precollege students. and a PDF that summarizes the field.

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