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Manufacturing and Industrial Engineers

Design, integrate or improve manufacturing systems or related processes. May work with commercial or industrial designers to refine product designs to increase production and decrease costs.

Level

Annual Salary
Hourly Wage

Entry

$70,187
$33.74

Mean

$103,750
$49.88

Experienced

$120,532
$57.95

What Manufacturing and Industrial Engineers Do

Industrial engineers find ways to eliminate wastefulness in production processes. They devise efficient systems that integrate workers, machines, materials, information and energy to make a product or provide a service.

Work Environment

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

How to Become a Manufacturing and Industrial Engineer

Industrial engineers need a bachelor’s degree, typically in industrial engineering. However, many industrial engineers have degrees in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, manufacturing engineering, industrial engineering technology or general engineering.

Job Outlook

Employment of industrial engineers is projected to show little or no change from 2014 to 2024. Firms in a variety of industries will continue to seek new ways to contain costs and improve efficiency.