There are currently an estimated 257,899 industrial engineers in the United States. The industrial engineer job market is expected to grow by 9.7% between 2016 and 2026.

How employable are industrial engineers?

CareerExplorer rates industrial engineers with a D employability rating, meaning this career should provide weak employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 29,201 industrial engineers. That number is based on 25,101 additional industrial engineers, and the retirement of 4,100 existing industrial engineers.

Are industrial engineers in demand?

Demand and job growth for industrial engineers is projected to be sluggish at best, largely because the manufacturing industries which employ most of them continue to either decline or grow very slowly. However, because they are not as specialized as other engineers, industrial engineers are able to widely apply their expertise in devising efficient systems, raising productivity, and reducing internal costs. This versatility ensures that they are able to find opportunities outside of manufacturing, in consulting and engineering services; research and development firms; wholesale trade; government; and in the non-profit sector. Because their work is similar to what is done in many management jobs, it is not uncommon for industrial engineers to leave the occupation for managerial positions. In turn, some jobs may be created by the need to replace these engineers who leave the field. Not surprisingly, due to their diverse deployment across multiple business sectors, continuing education is imperative for industrial engineers. Companies rely on them to be knowledgeable in the latest technologies to provide them with the best solutions and the greatest value. Job candidates who fail to remain current will be at a distinct disadvantage. Some experienced engineers in this field choose to become experts in one industry or in one phase of industrial engineering. Increasingly, some are starting their own consulting firms.

What’s the supply of industrial engineers?

The industrial engineer industry is concentrated in Michigan, California, Texas

Industrial Engineer job market by state

State Name Employed Industrial Engineers
Michigan 28,460
California 24,040
Texas 16,700
Ohio 15,230
Illinois 11,590
New York 11,150
Indiana 10,180
Florida 10,180
Pennsylvania 9,280
Massachusetts 9,130
North Carolina 9,080
Minnesota 8,970
Wisconsin 8,330
South Carolina 6,900
Washington 6,870
Georgia 6,440
Tennessee 5,540
Alabama 5,510
Connecticut 5,200
Kentucky 5,150
Missouri 5,010
New Jersey 4,430
Virginia 4,130
Arizona 4,120
Oregon 3,880
Colorado 3,630
Puerto Rico 3,170
Maryland 3,150
Kansas 2,470
Iowa 2,440
Utah 2,010
Arkansas 1,800
Louisiana 1,760
Mississippi 1,760
New Hampshire 1,600
Oklahoma 1,420
Nebraska 1,280
Idaho 900
Maine 800
New Mexico 760
Rhode Island 690
Vermont 550
West Virginia 500
South Dakota 480
Delaware 470
Nevada 450
North Dakota 310
Montana 230
District of Columbia 220
Wyoming 170
Hawaii 80
Alaska 80