$83k $83k
241k 241k
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3.0/5 3.0/5
Bachelors Bachelors

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 24,810
California 24,660
Texas 14,500
Ohio 13,840
Illinois 13,120
Florida 9,310
New York 9,300
Pennsylvania 9,220
Wisconsin 8,330
Minnesota 8,250
Indiana 8,030
Massachusetts 7,720
Tennessee 7,680
Washington 7,590
North Carolina 6,870
South Carolina 6,700
Georgia 5,940
Kentucky 4,460
Alabama 4,400
Arizona 4,390
Connecticut 4,250
Missouri 4,100
Virginia 3,590
New Jersey 3,560
Oregon 3,240
Colorado 3,180
Puerto Rico 2,830
Iowa 2,690
Maryland 2,650
Louisiana 2,380
Utah 1,930
Kansas 1,870
Oklahoma 1,820
Mississippi 1,640
Arkansas 1,580
New Hampshire 1,250
Nebraska 1,220
New Mexico 1,070
Maine 710
Idaho 670
Nevada 590
Rhode Island 560
Delaware 540
South Dakota 520
West Virginia 460
North Dakota 440
Montana 240
Wyoming 230
District of Columbia 210
Hawaii 100
Alaska 80

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    • Delaware Technical Community College-Terry | Dover, DE
      Offers: Associates
    • Delaware Technical Community College-Stanton/Wilmington | Wilmington, DE
      Offers: Certificate, Associates
    • Delaware State University | Dover, DE
      Offers: Bachelors
    • University of Delaware | Newark, DE
      Offers: Bachelors
    • Catholic University of America | Washington, DC
      Offers: Bachelors
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