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Industrial Engineering

5,672 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
3,243 Master's Degrees Annually
#74 in Popularity
$113,370 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Industrial Engineering Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many industrial engineering graduations there were in 2017-2018 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 5,672
Master’s Degree 3,243
Doctor’s Degree 330
Basic Certificate 232
Graduate Certificate 166
Associate’s Degree 42
Undergraduate Certificate 29

What Industrial Engineering Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to IE and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for IE Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

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  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Skills for IE Majors

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to IE:

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  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Abilities for IE Majors

Some of the most crucial abilities to master while a IE student include the following:

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  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

What Can You Do With a Industrial Engineering Major?

People with a IE degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Architectural and Engineering Managers 5.5% $140,760
Engineering Professors 14.7% $101,720
Human Factors Engineers and Ergonomists 9.7% $87,040
Industrial Engineers 9.7% $87,040

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering?

5,672 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
33% Percent Women
27% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 5,672 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering in 2018, making it rank #74 in popularity. This major attracts more men than women. About 67% of the graduates in this field are male.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of IE majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of IE Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 493
Black or African American 235
Hispanic or Latino 675
White 3,036
International Students 968
Other Races/Ethnicities 265

Geographic Diversity

IE appeals to people across the globe. About 17.1% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • India
  • China
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Iran
  • Turkey

How Much Do Industrial Engineering Majors Make?

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

Data from the U.S. Department of Education shows that industrial engineering students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a bachelor’s degree made a median starting salary of $65,250 per year. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $61,825 (25th percentile) and $68,450 (75th percentile).

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It’s important to note that just because the people reporting these salaries have a degree in IE, it does not mean that they are working in a job related to their degree.

Salaries According to BLS

IE majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $91,630 to $113,680 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some careers associated with IE require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to IE have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 0.1%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 5.9%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 6.3%
Some College Courses 11.3%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 10.9%
Bachelor’s Degree 42.7%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 4.3%
Master’s Degree 11.8%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 1.7%
Doctoral Degree 3.6%
Post-Doctoral Training 1.0%

Online Industrial Engineering Programs

In the 2017-2018 academic year, 143 schools offered some type of industrial engineering program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 7 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 3 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 9 1
Bachelor’s Degree 10 3
Post-Baccalaureate 7 0
Master’s Degree 92 30
Post-Master’s 4 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 53 1
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 1 0

Is a Degree in Industrial Engineering Worth It?

The median salary for a IE grad is $113,370 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 184% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $1,469,400 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to IE.

Major Number of Grads
Mechanical Engineering 46,014
Electrical Engineering 31,993
Civil Engineering 21,299
Computer Engineering 15,329
Chemical Engineering 14,729
Biomedical Engineering 11,483
General Engineering 11,245
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 6,315
Materials Engineering 3,555
Systems Engineering 3,439
Other Engineering 2,900
Petroleum Engineering 2,818
Environmental Engineering 2,746
Operations Research 1,555
Agricultural Engineering 1,546
Engineering Science 1,509
Nuclear Engineering 1,050
Engineering Physics 1,028
Manufacturing Engineering 920
Architectural Engineering 874
Construction Engineering 870
Robotics Engineering 755
Geoscience Engineering 510
Marine Engineering 506
Mining Engineering 434
Biological Engineering 400
Textile Engineering 359
Polymer & Plastics Engineering 348
Engineering Mechanics 329
Ocean Engineering 305
Metallurgical Engineering 218
Biochemical Engineering 124
Ceramic Engineering 111
Electromechanical Engineering 84
Surveying Engineering 73
Paper Science & Engineering 51
Forest Engineering 39
Engineering Chemistry 5

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