Industrial Engineer at a Glance

Projected Job Growth

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  • 2023

Average Salary for Industrial Engineer

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Best States for Industrial Engineer

in 2011
Annual Salary
Hourly Pay
Michigan 23,940 $78,690 $38
Minnesota 7,730 $81,630 $39
South Carolina 5,110 $78,310 $38

Becoming an Industrial Engineer

An entry level industrial engineer is required to have a bachelor's degree in the field. They will need a strong foundation in mathematics, natural science, and computer technology. Most undergraduate programs will take four years of full-time study to complete. Students should also be sure to select a program that is ABET accredited, as many employers prefer this and it will be required should to obtain professional licensure.

Prospective industrial engineering students should anticipate a mixture of survey, seminar, laboratory, and field work courses. Internships or other structured professional experience components are often included in the curriculum. Below are a few topics students may be required to take as they train in industrial engineering:

  • Calculus
  • Engineering Math
  • Manufacturing Processes
  • Thermodynamics

Some engineers may choose to pursue their professional engineer (PE) licensure, which may be beneficial for those working with companies that take on government contracts. This licensure requires the completion of an ABET-accredited engineering program, successful scores on the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam, relevant work experience, and a passing score for the Professional Engineering (PE) exam. In some states, PEs will still need to take continuing education classes to keep their licenses.