Industrial Engineering : Careers

Career Information and Further Study

Career Choices:
  • Ergonomist
  • Facilities designer
  • Human-computer interface design
  • Logistics analyst
  • Manufacturing or operations supervisor
  • Manufacturing systems engineer
  • Operations analyst
  • Process engineer
  • Quality control specialist/engineer
  • Safety engineer
  • Space planner

Work settings include:

Banking/finance, manufacturing, health, transportation, social services, construction, facilities design, government, military, libraries and educational systems.

What percentage of graduates goes on to find related employment?

A recent survey of our alumni indicated that 100% of those responding have had, or currently hold, positions related to industrial engineering.

Salary Information

The U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics has great news for those who want to pursue careers in industrial engineering. In spite of the declining manufacturing industry in the U.S., industrial engineering employment is expected to grow 20% over the next 8-10 years, almost double the rate of the average for engineering professions and other occupations.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics also reports that increasing competition and advancing technology will require companies to focus on key industrial engineering tasks such as increasing productivity, output and service quality. Additionally, the growth of the service sector industry in the U.S. has contributed to the demand for engineers.

Earnings for industrials engineers also compared well to other engineering disciplines. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, the starting IE BS salary in 2007 was over $55,000 and was over $65,000 for a starting MS. The median income for all IEs was over $68,000

Post-undergraduate Opportunities

Students who receive a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering have opportunities for graduate-level work in areas such as human factors, operations research, production and manufacturing systems, production management, and systems engineering. Students may choose to pursue non-engineering degrees such as an M.B.A.

The ISE department at UB offers several five- and six-year programs, including the Combined B.S./M.B.A., the M.Eng. in Production Management, and the M.S. in Industrial Engineering (all five-year programs); as well as the M.S. with specializations in operations research, human factors, or production systems (six-year program).

Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:01:28 EST