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Advice for an Engineering Major Change

by Alyssa

Hello, I am a sophomore college student in need of advice. I originally decided to be a civil engineering major in my first year of school because I thought the jobs were interesting. However, my professor recommended that I look into industrial ...

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 devise ways to improve those methods. Industrial engineers have sometimes been called "productivity people" and "efficiency experts".

Education

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

Lifestyle

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 work weeks.

Salary

The median annual salary for an entry-level industrial engineer $67,027.*

Examples

  • Prevent stress and injury in workers by designing effective workspaces
  • Organize, for a computer company, a customer service center that actually helps customers
  • Determine what work functions are best performed by people and which ones should be automated
  • Design ergonomic office space
  • Make sure that an international hotel chain offers the same services and conveniences no matter where it’s located
*Source: Salary.com 2019
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