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Industrial Engineer Job Outlook

There are currently an estimated 241,100 Industrial Engineers in the United States. The Industrial Engineer job market is expected to grow by 0.9% between 2014 and 2024.

Industrial Engineer Employability Rating

D Sokanu rates Industrial Engineers with a D employability rating, meaning this career should provide weak employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 72,800 Industrial Engineers. That number is based on 2,100 additional Industrial Engineers, and the retirement of 70,700 existing Industrial Engineers.

Demand for Industrial Engineers

Demand and job growth for industrial engineers is projected to be sluggish at best, largely because the manufacturing industries which employ most of them continue to either decline or grow very slowly. However, because they are not as specialized as other engineers, industrial engineers are able to widely apply their expertise in devising efficient systems, raising productivity, and reducing internal costs. This versatility ensures that they are able to find opportunities outside of manufacturing, in consulting and engineering services; research and development firms; wholesale trade; government; and in the non-profit sector. Because their work is similar to what is done in many management jobs, it is not uncommon for industrial engineers to leave the occupation for managerial positions. In turn, some jobs may be created by the need to replace these engineers who leave the field. Not surprisingly, due to their diverse deployment across multiple business sectors, continuing education is imperative for industrial engineers. Companies rely on them to be knowledgeable in the latest technologies to provide them with the best solutions and the greatest value. Job candidates who fail to remain current will be at a distinct disadvantage. Some experienced engineers in this field choose to become experts in one industry or in one phase of industrial engineering. Increasingly, some are starting their own consulting firms.

Supply of Industrial Engineers

The Industrial Engineer industry is concentrated in Michigan, California, and Texas.

Industrial Engineer Job Market by State

State name Employed Industrial Engineers
Michigan 26,660
California 24,390
Texas 16,060
Ohio 14,720
Illinois 13,270
New York 10,290
Florida 9,750
Pennsylvania 9,310
Indiana 8,870
Minnesota 8,660
Massachusetts 8,340
Wisconsin 8,330
North Carolina 8,270
Washington 7,680
South Carolina 6,860
Tennessee 6,440
Georgia 6,310
Alabama 4,930
Missouri 4,600
Kentucky 4,590
Connecticut 4,570
Arizona 4,200
Oregon 3,690
New Jersey 3,660
Virginia 3,650
Colorado 3,260
Puerto Rico 2,980
Maryland 2,660
Iowa 2,530
Kansas 2,210
Utah 1,850
Louisiana 1,750
Oklahoma 1,680
Mississippi 1,630
Arkansas 1,500
New Hampshire 1,310
Nebraska 1,310
New Mexico 920
Idaho 910
Maine 690
Rhode Island 590
Vermont 550
South Dakota 530
West Virginia 520
Delaware 480
Nevada 410
North Dakota 410
District of Columbia 240
Montana 200
Wyoming 200
Alaska 60

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