Industrial engineers design, develop, test and evaluate integrated systems for managing industrial production processes. To develop production processes, industrial engineers consider all factors in the process - materials, quality controls, logistics, human workers, costs, equipment, work space, and other influences. Industrial engineers must be able to communicate about projects status with their managers and staff as well as clients and vendors. Their work requires the regular use of specialized software to produce plans and monitor projects.
To become an industrial engineer requires a Bachelor's degree, several years of work-related experience, and on-the-job training. Industrial engineers earn an average of $41.84 an hour, and the need for them grows at a faster than average rate of 10% to 14% per year.