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Industrial Engineers

Industrial Engineers
Quick Facts : Industrial Engineers*
2010 Median Pay$76,100
Entry Level EducationBachelor's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 2012203,900
Job Outlook6% (Slower than average)
Employment Change13,100

Industrial engineers find ways to eliminate wastefulness in production processes. They come up with efficient ways to use workers, machines, materials, information, and energy to make a product or provide a service.

What Industrial Engineers Do

  • Review production schedules, engineering specifications, process flows, and other information to understand manufacturing and service methods and activities
  • Enact quality control procedures to resolve production problems or minimize costs
  • Work with customers and management to develop standards for design and production
  • Design control systems to coordinate activities and production planning to ensure that products meet quality standards
  • Confer with clients about product specifications, vendors about purchases, management personnel about manufacturing capabilities, and staff about the status of projects

Work Environment

Depending on their tasks, industrial engineers work both in offices and in the settings they are trying to improve. For example, when observing problems, they may watch workers on a factory floor or staff in a hospital. When solving problems, they may be in an office at a computer looking at data that they or others have collected.
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Job Outlook

Employment of industrial engineers is expected to grow 6 percent from 2010 to 2020.
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The average salary of industrial engineers in May 2010 was $76,100.
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Becoming a Industrial Engineers

Entry-level industrial engineering jobs require a bachelor's degree. Students interested in studying industrial engineering should take high school courses in mathematics, such as algebra, trigonometry, and calculus; computer science; and sciences such as chemistry and physics.
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