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Industrial Engineer
Industrial engineers determine the most effective ways to use the basic factors of production-people, machines, materials, information, and energy-to make a product or provide a service.
Average Pay:     Qualifications: $59,120 - $91,020
The Job
Industrial engineers are primarily concerned with increasing productivity through the management of people, methods of business organization, and technology. To maximize efficiency, industrial engineers study product requirements carefully and then design manufacturing and information systems to meet those requirements with the help of mathematical methods and models.
Work Environment
Most engineers work in office buildings, laboratories, or industrial plants.
College Majors
Industrial Engineering
Minimum Qualifications
Personality traits helpful for this career
Engineers should be creative, inquisitive, analytical, and detail oriented. They should be able to work as part of a team and to communicate well, both orally and in writing.
Quick Facts
  • Industrial Engineers will develop more efficient processes and reduce costs, delays, and waste.
Compensation and Outlook
Employment is projected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations, although growth will vary by specialty. Starting salaries are among the highest of all college graduates.Variation in median earnings and in the earnings distributions for engineers in a number of specialties is especially significant.In May 2008 for engineers in the Lowest 10% made $47,720, the Median $73,820 and the Highest 10% made 107,270.
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