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Marketing Sales Engineer
Key Roles
Marketing analysis
Having a large knowledge base of company products
Selling company products to clients

Entry-Level Median Salary Job Outlook


Education $97,650 annually 7% Growth
Bachelors Degree

Input from an IE in this role

Typical Hours Travel Desk Time


40-50 hours per 0-3 days per month 61-75% of the day
week

Likes Dislikes
Learning about the functions of The position lacks an involvement
other departments in operations and process
Managing multiple tasks at once engineering

A Project Example
An IE at ABB, Inc. represents the Marketing department during test
failure meetings. This role requires the individual to communicate
across all the departments to evaluate the status of test failures that
are currently in the factory and the process to get them fixed. It also
involves communication with customers.

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Operations Research Analyst
Key Roles
Programming
Simulation Modeling
Data driven decision making

Entry-Level Median Salary Job Outlook


Education $78,630 annually 30% Growth
Bachelors Degree

Input from an IE in this role

Typical Hours Travel Desk Time


40 hours per week 0-3 days per month 61-75% of the day

Likes Dislikes
Flexible hours Analysis of certain data requires
Opportunities for growth government clearance
Excellent colleagues

A Project Example
An IE at Innovative Decisions has been able to work on Fire and
Emergency Service staffing allocation for the U.S. Navy.

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Manufacturing Engineer
Key Roles
Improving efficiency on assembly lines
Improving quality and safety
Designing layouts and carts to better the production line

Entry-Level Median Salary Job Outlook


Education $83,470 annually 1% Growth
Bachelors Degree

Input from an IE in this role

Typical Hours Travel Desk Time


60 hours per week 0-3 days per month 39-53% of the day

Likes Dislikes
Seeing improvements Demanding deadlines
Projects with different topics Many rules and regulations to follow
Excellent colleagues

A Project Example
An IE at John Deere in Moline, IL helped implement a new painting
system in their facility. A lot of work went into verifying the safety and
quality of the system.

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Computer Systems Analyst
Key Roles
Design information system solutions
System testing
Understanding business and information needs

Entry-Level Median Salary Job Outlook


Education $85,800 annually 21% Growth
Bachelors Degree

Input from an IE in this role

Typical Hours Travel Desk Time


40-45 hours per 0-3 days per month 76%+ of the day
week

Likes Dislikes
Problem solving Uncertainty involved with
Being able to work closely with consulting
others
Opportunities for growth

A Project Example
An IE working for Accenture was able to design a web application for a
government entity in their position as a computer systems analyst. This
included designing, building, testing, and implementing the application.

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Quality Engineer
Key Roles
Handling product quality issues
Standardizing processes
Making sure product meets customer specifications

Entry-Level Median Salary Job Outlook


Education $83,470 annually 1% Growth
Bachelors Degree

Input from an IE in this role

Typical Hours Travel Desk Time


40-50 hours per 0-3 days per month 31-45% of the day
week

Likes Dislikes
Daily interactions with a lot of Peoples negative outlook on quality
people A common lack of willingness to
Travelling to visit facilities of change
suppliers

A Project Example
An IE working as a Quality Engineer for Altec, Inc. worked on a project
to create charts that called attention to the Top Defects in production
and information on how to fix these problems.

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IE Supervisor
Key Roles
Time and motion studies
Value stream mapping
Leading Kaizen improvement projects

Entry-Level Median Salary Job Outlook


Education $82,500 annually 2% Growth
Bachelors Degree

Input from an IE in this role

Typical Hours Travel Desk Time


65 hours per week 0-3 days per month 16-30% of the day

Likes Dislikes
Working with other people Being in charge of others
Being in charge of projects sometimes means being the
bad guy

A Project Example
An IE supervisor at Unifirst Corporation redesigned several layouts that
have increased productivity and designed a new cart that may be
patented.

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Management Engineer
Key Roles
Leadership advising and coaching
Coordination of departments
Planning activities in a business

Entry-Level Median Salary Job Outlook


Education $132,800 annually 2% Growth
Bachelors Degree

Input from an IE in this role

Typical Hours Travel Desk Time


40 hours per week 0-3 days per month 46-60% of the day

Likes Dislikes
A large variety of projects and Being conscious of rules and
topics regulations in the given industry
Improving processes
Making a difference

A Project Example
An IE at Intermountain Healthcare was able to work on a project to the
coordination of care for patients at a hospital who had complex reasons
for admittance .

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Career advancement refers to growth in a job from an entry-level position to a higher position
such as management. It can also refer to growth that results from a career change to a higher
position in a related occupation. In both cases, career advancement requires training and
experience and involves movement to a position of greater responsibility.

Many individuals look for constant challenges in their daily lives, and working in the same
position for an extended period of time can become mundane. Moving up the ladder to a
position that holds greater authority and/or responsibility can provide these individuals with
the type of stimulation that they need.

For those who think that advancement in their career may be something for them, it is important
that they learn about potential career paths and are aware of the things that they need to do
in order to move up the ladder. Employees that demonstrate strong abilities in their positions
can often move laterally among different entry-level positions. However, senior positions
require many years of experience, and many even depend on additional training and education.
For most positions, candidates being considered for a promotion must demonstrate strong
leadership ability and good business skills.

Advancing in an occupation can bring many advantages including higher salary and greater
influence over decisions. However, it also involves a lot of hard work and a plan. The infographic
that follows is a hierarchy that categorizes a variety of potential IE careers as being entry-level,
junior-level, or senior positions. Students who are interested in promotions throughout their
career may find it useful to get an idea as to what kind of path they might take following their
first job as an IE.

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Having relevant information when making a decision is critical. When choosing a career path, it
is very important to know as much as possible about the options. Students considering IE as a
major, or any engineering field for that matter, should be able to easily learn about the variety
of jobs an IE might have. Currently, not much information is easily attainable regarding the life of
IEs. The IMSE website provides very brief descriptions of different IE job titles, but beyond that
students cannot learn much about IE careers without diving deep into the Internet.

The compilation of this IE careers resource document provides prospective and new IE students
with an opportunity to learn about the potential career paths that an Industrial Engineering
degree could lead to. The seven different profiles in this document are just a few of the careers
available to IEs, but these alone demonstrate the large variety of career options for those in IE.
By looking at this document someone who is unfamiliar with IE is also able to see that a degree
from the IMSE department provides one with skillsets that allow movement to many different
positions and potential for promotion through hard work. Overall, this IE career profiles resource
document builds a foundation about IE careers and decreases uncertainty regarding career
choices in the IE field.

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