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Industrial engineers should have a bachelor's degree in addition to a strong science and mathematics background. This professional education should enable them to develop complex manufacturing and information systems. In all 50 states and the District of Columbia, industrial engineers must receive state licensing if they work with the public. The licensing exam consists of two parts, the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE), which may be taken upon graduation from an accredited engineering program, and the Principles of Practice and Engineering (PE), which may be completed after four years of industrial engineering work experience.
Good industrial engineers are creative, inquisitive, analytical, detail oriented, and have well-developed communication skills in order to successfully convey new ideas and processes. New industrial engineers typically work on a limited set of production tasks or control systems and are assigned greater independence as they gain more experience. Many industrial engineers advance to management positions as their work is similar to that of a business manager.
Opportunities for industrial engineers are expected to grow faster than the national average as firms search for new ways to promote productivity and lower costs. The Institute of Industrial Engineers website has more information about training and careers for industrial engineers.
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About Industrial Engineers