Industrial engineers work to enhance systems and processes. They explore business challenges and find innovative solutions to boost efficiency, safety, and effectiveness.

In short: Industrial engineers figure out how to do things better.


Industrial engineers use finite resources to maximum advantage, and they understand people as well as technology. Consequently, industrial engineering draws upon a variety of different disciplines, from mathematics to psychology, communications to computer science, and production management to process control.

They apply their skills in a wide variety of settings, such as:

  • Manufacturing systems
  • Traffic control systems
  • Financial risk management
  • Medical service systems

Job security

They often enjoy greater job security since their skills are highly transferrable while saving employer money and making the workplace better for fellow workers.