Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Industrial Engineering - Careers

Career Information and Further Study

Career Choices:
  • Ergonomist
  • Facilities designer
  • Human-computer interface designer
  • Industrial Engineer
  • Logistics analyst
  • Manufacturing or operations manager
  • Manufacturing systems engineer
  • Operations analyst
  • Process engineer
  • Quality assurance specialist
  • Safety engineer
  • Space planner
Work settings include:
Manufacturing, healthcare, transportation, banking/finance, social services, construction, facilities design, government, military, and educational systems.

What percentage of graduates goes on to find related employment?
A survey of our alumni indicated that 100% of those responding have had, or currently hold, positions related to industrial engineering.

Salary Information
A 2014 business publication reports industrial engineering to be among the fastest growing engineering occupations over the past four years with significant future hiring needs. 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 industrial engineers also compared well to other engineering disciplines. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, the median annual wage for industrial engineers was ,490 in May 2014. The lowest 10 percent earned less than ,510, and the highest 10 percent earned more than 3,400.

Post-undergraduate Opportunities
Students who receive a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering have opportunities for graduate-level IE study 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., 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).

Last updated: November 22 2021 21:01:55