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Tamara Wilhite is a technical writer, industrial engineer, mother of two, and published sci-fi and horror author.


Someone asked me, “Why should I get an industrial engineering degree? There are so few of those jobs online.” In reality, there are many jobs that industrial engineers are qualified to fill, though a large number of IE jobs don’t actually call for industrial engineers.

Jobs for IE Grads

Here are a number of jobs for industrial engineers that they could enter without any additional certifications.

  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Plant Engineer
  • Manufacturing Planner
  • Reliability Engineer
  • Failure Analysis Engineer
  • Process Engineer
  • Manufacturing Process Engineer
  • Supply Chain Support
  • Supply Chain Engineer
  • Supply Chain Logistics Planner / Coordinator
  • Demand Planner / Demand Planning
  • Production Planner
  • Manufacturing Planner
  • Quality Assurance Engineer / Quality Control Engineer
  • Quality Coordinator
  • Performance Engineer
  • Facility Engineer / Facilities Engineer
  • Operations Industrial Engineer
  • Transportation Engineer
  • Operations Research Analyst
  • Operations Research / Data Analyst
  • Engineering Analyst
  • Customer Success Engineer
  • Maintenance Planner
  • Master Data Maintenance Specialist
  • QA/QC Inspector
  • Quality Assurance Analyst
  • Principal Engineer
  • Inventory Control / Production Control
  • Inventory Planning Analyst
  • System Engineer / Systems Engineer
  • Productivity Engineer

Jobs for Industrial Engineers with Specialized Education or Experience

Here are roles that industrial engineers can step into with appropriate experience in the area or coursework focused on this area. These jobs may require multiple courses in the area, a master's degree in the area or progressive experience in the field to be considered eligible.

  • Project Engineer
  • Logistics Specialist
  • Operations Supervisor
  • Business Intelligence Analyst
  • Solutions Design Engineer (a logistics position)
  • Principal Manufacturing Engineer
  • Product Manager
  • Cost Estimator
  • Supply Chain Analyst
  • Industrial Engineer for Supply Chain
  • Technical Purchaser
  • Product Analyst
  • Ergonomics Specialist
  • Ergonomics Engineer
  • Human Factors Engineer or HFE
  • Occupational Health and Safety Specialist
  • Safety Engineer
  • Process Safety Engineer
  • Health and Safety Program Manager
  • Industrial Hygiene Specialist
  • User Experience Researcher
  • User Support Analyst
  • Packaging Engineer
  • Industrial Sales Engineer
  • Controls Engineer
  • Tooling Design Engineer
  • Tooling Engineer
  • Testing Engineer
  • Validation Engineer
  • Quality Assurance Specialist
  • Quality Assurance Leader
  • Quality Manager / Quality Engineering Team Lead
  • Quality Program Manager
  • Operations Engineer
  • Business Analyst
  • Project Architect
  • Information Assurance Engineer (if you have the IT skillsets)
  • Software Quality Assurance Engineer (if you have the IT skillsets)
  • Workforce Management Manager
  • Inventory Database Specialist
  • Risk Manager
  • Business Continuity Manager / Business Continuity Management
  • Planning Manager
  • Supply Chain Procurement Specialist
  • Supply Chain Subcontract Specialist
  • Supply Chain Technical Coordinator
  • Supplier Quality Engineer
  • Sourcing Specialist
  • Product Verification Engineer
  • Agile Engineer (if you have the IT skills)

There are process improvement positions that industrial engineers are uniquely suited to fill, and yet they’re passed over because their degrees rarely award them the certifications employers are looking for in this area (Six Sigma Black Belt, Lean Black Belt, LSS belts.) The matter has become confused as MBAs and post-graduate certifications offer credentials that let someone step into a similar rule that IEs have trained for years to fill.

IEs spend years learning process improvement while those with CI credentials are considered more qualified.

IEs spend years learning process improvement while those with CI credentials are considered more qualified.

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Process Improvement Jobs

What process improvement jobs are industrial engineers qualified to fill without extensive experience?

  • Lean Manufacturing Engineer
  • Continuous Improvement Engineer
  • Continuous Improvement Leader
  • Lean Operations Consultant
  • Business Process Engineer
  • Value Stream Leader

Process Improvement Jobs that Require Credentials

What process improvement jobs can industrial engineers fill if they’ve earned the right credentials?

  • Lean Business Analyst
  • Six Sigma Black Belt / Six Sigma Black Belt Professional
  • Six Sigma Black Belt Consultant
  • Lean Black Belt / Lean Black Belt Professional
  • Lean Black Belt Consultant
  • Lean Sigma Black Belt / Lean Sigma Black Belt Professional
  • Lean Sigma Black Belt Consultant
  • Supply Chain Planning and Optimization
  • Director of Process Improvement
  • Manager of Six Sigma Projects
  • Operations Excellence Partner / Operational Excellence Consultant
  • Enterprise Program Management Office (nearly any role)
  • Process Excellent Manager (PEX)
  • Materials Manager

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