Girls in Science & Technology: Industrial Engineer

Industrial engineers develop and implement plans to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of an organization. They look at how people, machines, energy, resources and information are used to accomplish management's goals, and they devise ways to improve those methods. Industrial engineers have sometimes been called "productivity people" and "efficiency experts."


  • Devise new methods for storing and distributing inventory or supplies for an Internet company.
  • Develop training manuals for employees in a service company.
  • Work on engineering teams designing structures for large crowds, like sports areas and amusement parks.
  • Use computer modeling techniques to test and develop recommendations for improving transportation systems like airports or subways.
  • Design equipment or facilities that are ergonomically correct.

Most industrial engineers have a four-year college degree. While many have industrial engineering degrees, others have a background in mechanical, electrical, or computer engineering, or production or operations research.

Work Environment
As you might guess, most industrial engineers work in industry for manufacturing or service companies. But since their skills are so versatile, industrial engineers can work in virtually any kind of industry or organization, including government agencies and consulting firms. They typically work standard 40-hour weeks.

Starting Salaries
$43,100 with a bachelor's degree
$49,900 with a master's degree

For More Information
Institute of Industrial Engineers

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