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Where do Industrial Engineers find careers?

Just about anywhere a decision needs to be made, a system needs to be operated, risk needs to be understood, or processes need to be designed or improved:

  • Service industries like financial services, healthcare, transportation, logistics, theme parks, retail
  • Manufacturing industries like microelectronics, aerospace, automotive, pharmaceutical
  • Consulting companies
  • Software companies
  • Research and development companies
  • Large companies may have departments focusing on IEOR, statistics, and data science
  • Other companies don’t have departments, but almost all companies have a need for quantitative decision-makers
  • Some grads work for these companies
  • Some grads work at consulting firms to help these companies
  • Some grads start companies, or join startups in a variety of areas

Careers: Positions On the factory floor or in the executive suite:

Many IEOR graduates zero in on analyzing their company's technology and production systems, and very quickly find themselves catapulted to positions of management responsibility. IE's can work as...

  • Consultants: Accenture, Deloitte, and PricewaterhouseCoopers, ZS, independent, Bain Company, Deloitte Consulting, Microsoft, Metamarkets
  • Finance: Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Deutsche Bank, TIAA-CREF, Barra, Fair Isaac, Morgan Stanley
  • IE Groups: Bechtel, Boeing, Intel, Lockheed, Raytheon, City of SF, Disney, etc.
  • Project/group manager: eBay, Microsoft, Cisco, Intuit, Nike, Google, Macy's
  • Grad Schools: Columbia, Cornell, Northwestern, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford, Berkeley

Job Prospects

Happiness

Industrial engineers are in general very satisfied with their careers and rank as one of the happiest professions.

  • 1. Clergy
  • 2. Firefighters
  • 9. Industrial Engineers
Source: Where America's Happiest People Work"