Industrial engineers held about 203,900 jobs in 2010. Depending on their tasks, industrial engineers work both in offices and in the settings they are trying to improve. For example, when observing problems, they may watch workers on a factory floor or staff in a hospital. When solving problems, they may be in an office at a computer looking at data that they or others have collected. Industrial engineers work on teams with other professionals and production staff. Industrial engineers may need to travel to observe processes and make assessments in various work settings. Most industrial engineers work full time.
The following industries employed the largest numbers of industrial engineers in 2010:
|Aerospace product and parts manufacturing||8%|
|Architectural, engineering, and related services||6%|
|Navigational, measuring, electromedical, and control instruments manufacturing||6%|
|Motor vehicle parts manufacturing||5%|
|Semiconductor and other electronic component manufacturing||5%|
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition