Industrial engineering is all about figuring out the most efficient way to complete a process. Industrial engineers devise plans to ensure that all aspects of a process -- people, materials, information, and energy -- are running at an optimal level.

What is Industrial Engineering?

Industrial engineers make a median salary of $88,020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics. They work on teams responsible for designing, developing, and implementing innovative solutions to help make all aspects of an organization run more efficiently. They work in various sectors including manufacturing, healthcare, and business administration.


While the majority of time may be spent in an office, they often visit the worksites of the facilities they are improving.

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Example Careers

Industrial Engineering Technician

Education Requirements
Bachelor's degree

Average Salary

Industrial engineers identify issues with production and design solutions to address these problems.

Implementation Consultants

Education Requirements
Bachelor's degree

Average Salary

Implementation consultants are responsible for managing the implementation of new services or products and is responsible for the coordination, training, and delivery of high-quality customer service.

Career salary data provided by: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook handbook and O*NET OnLine.

If industrial engineering is not your thing, there are more areas of engineering.

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