To date, we’ve asked 59 current and past industrial engineering students about their happiness with their degree. Turns out, they rate it above average.

There are thousands of majors available, and it can be overwhelming trying to choose one.

To help you reach the decision that is right for you, we asked students who have pursued a industrial engineering degree to respond to questions concerning five dimensions of the educational track they chose:

  • Course material: Were they interested in the material they learned?
  • Intellectual fulfillment: Did they find the coursework intellectually stimulating?
  • Job prospects: Did they leave the program with job opportunities?
  • Personality: Was the degree a good fit for their personality?
  • Overall fit: Were they happy with the program overall?

We examined their responses and combined the rankings to give us an average satisfaction score across all students. This doesn't necessarily reflect how satisfied you would be with a industrial engineering degree, but it’s a starting point to help you evaluate your options.

How satisfied are industrial engineering students compared to other degrees?

Overall, industrial engineering students rate their satisfaction with their degree a 3.4 out of 5. This is high compared to other degrees which average a rating of 3.28 across all degrees. For context, industrial engineering students rate their happiness similarly to students in Industrial Engineering, Psychology and Natural Resource Studies.

Here are other degrees that have a similar satisfaction rating to industrial engineering

DegreeAvg Grad SalarySatisfaction
Humanities$55,998
Design and Applied Arts$54,727
Industrial Engineering$91,675
Psychology$54,857
Natural Resource Studies$58,499
Linguistics and Related Studies$55,487
Computer and Information Sciences$84,111

Let's break that down further.

Are industrial engineering students satisfied with what they’re learning?

We asked students about their satisfaction with their course material and overall intellectual fulfillment. Here’s what they said:

We asked graduates how interesting they found the course material to be. Their response was:
3.5 out of 5 stars
73 ratings
5 stars
19%
4 stars
41%
3 stars
16%
2 stars
18%
1 stars
5%
We asked graduates how intellectually fulfilling they found the degree. Their response was:
3.7 out of 5 stars
74 ratings
5 stars
27%
4 stars
35%
3 stars
19%
2 stars
12%
1 stars
5%

These ratings are meant to give you an indication about what other people enrolled in industrial engineering experienced. While their input is useful, keep in mind that different people have had vastly different experiences, all of which were impacted by their personal motivations, professors, and specific curriculum. Always keep your own goals at the center of your decision-making process when it comes to something as significant as your education.

Did industrial engineering graduates leave school with good job prospects?

Of course, working towards a degree is also about pursuing your desired career. Here’s what industrial engineering grads had to say about their job prospects:

We asked graduates how satisfied they were with their job prospects. Their response was:
4.0 out of 5 stars
73 ratings
5 stars
30%
4 stars
42%
3 stars
21%
2 stars
3%
1 stars
3%

We can see there’s a cluster of positive responses, which might indicate a strong or growing job market.

Were industrial engineering students happy with their degree overall?

This rating takes into account all factors: how demanding the program is, whether graduates felt it was worthwhile, and how fulfilling they found their educational experience.

We asked graduates how satisfied they were with their degree as a whole. Their response was:
3.4 out of 5 stars
59 ratings
5 stars
22%
4 stars
25%
3 stars
34%
2 stars
12%
1 stars
7%

As you consider this information and input from others, remember above all that your choice should be based on your interests, goals, passions, and abilities. Consider the future and give yourself time. If you’re feeling unsure, click here to take our career assessment and see what path could be right for you.

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