Industrial Engineering is where engineering meets business. It is the perfect career for people who like to solve practical problems in a variety of working environments and develop systems to improve quality and productivity.
Industrial engineers focus on how to get the work done most efficiently, balancing many factors — such as time, number of workers needed, available technology, actions workers need to take, achieving the end product with no errors, workers' safety, environmental concerns, and cost.
To find ways to reduce waste and improve performance, industrial engineers first study product requirements carefully. Then they use mathematical methods and models to design manufacturing and information systems to meet those requirements most efficiently.
Their versatility allows industrial engineers to engage in activities that are useful to a variety of jobs in businesses, nonprofits and government. According to the most recent survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), a division of the Department of Labor, the "median annual wage for industrial engineers [with a bachelor's degree] was $83,470. The median wage is the wage at which half of the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $53,300, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $126,920.
The great thing about being an industrial engineer is that you are qualified to work in almost any industry you want. Industrial engineers work in entertainment, healthcare, shipping, finance, electronics, manufacturing, technology, food and beverage or just about any other industry you can imagine.
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